London, United Kingdom, May 30, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Often dividing critics with his frequently explicit accounts of his male protagonists' sexual doings, Roth has been one of the most honoured authors of his generation, having received a great many prestigious literary awards which include a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1997, and the Man Booker International Prize in 2011.
In these newly released clips, Roth provides a fascinating insight into many elements of his life, from his childhood experience of death, to his research methods and writing approach: "You have to tolerate failure and frustration because many, many days there's nothing or there's half a page... I try not to rush and I try to be content with very little."
He reminisces about spending his youth trying to establish an identity as both a Jew and an American: "The Jews were the Americans I knew best. But I never felt for a second – despite the fact that I knew there were enemies out there, real enemies and in America – that I wasn't an American. That was always, I think... maybe my strongest identity, my most powerful identity, and I wanted to be an American."
Roth also opens up about his decision to write so explicitly about sex in his materials: "Some of the happiest and most intense moments of my life are associated with sex or sex play, serious sexual activity. So I have had reason to think about it. And thought early on, I guess, why shouldn't it be in literature, in fiction, in a novel?"
This insightful new footage of Roth, alongside his existing recordings, can be watched as a number of short clips, with a fully searchable transcript. All Web of Stories videos are easy to share with friends and colleagues, and may be embedded into personal blogs and websites.