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Web of Stories Releases Brand New Video Recordings of Award-Winning American Writer, Philip Roth as He Recounts, with Light-Hearted Honesty, Elements of His Life and Work

Born March 1933 in the US, Roth is one of the world’s most prolific writers, both celebrated and controversial. He’s best known for his 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint and late-1990s trilogy comprising the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Pastoral (1997), I Married a Communist (1998) and The Human Stain (2000). His popularity stems from the frank explorations of Jewish-American life he portrays in his novels, combining a strong autobiographical element with social commentary and political satire.

London, United Kingdom, May 30, 2012 --( 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.
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