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An American Type: A Novel
     

An American Type: A Novel

by Henry Roth, Willing Davidson (Editor)
 

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“His early novel Call It Sleep was his Ulysses. His late work An American Type is his Grapes of Wrath.”—Thane Rosenbaum, Los Angeles Times
This “glorious, evocative, literary novel for the ages” (Los Angeles Times) has finally taken its place within the great canon of American fiction. Set during the Great Depression, against a backdrop

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“His early novel Call It Sleep was his Ulysses. His late work An American Type is his Grapes of Wrath.”—Thane Rosenbaum, Los Angeles Times
This “glorious, evocative, literary novel for the ages” (Los Angeles Times) has finally taken its place within the great canon of American fiction. Set during the Great Depression, against a backdrop of New York’s glimmering skyscrapers and Los Angeles’s seedy motor courts, this autobiographical work concludes the unparalleled saga of Henry Roth, whose classic Call It Sleep, published in 1934, went on to become one of Time’s 100 best American novels of the twentieth century. With echoes of Nathanael West and John Steinbeck, An American Type is a heartrending statement about American identity and the universal transcendence of love.

Editorial Reviews

Bookforum
An absorbing Depression-era love story, but what gives it special interest is the light it sheds on Roth’s lost years.— Steven G. Kellman
Donna Seaman - Booklist
“A passionate, life-embracing conclusion to Roth’s bold and cathartic magnum opus.”
Steven G. Kellman - Bookforum
“An absorbing Depression-era love story, but what gives it special interest is the light it sheds on Roth’s lost years.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393339925
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/27/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Henry Roth (1906–1995) spent his early years on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In 1914, the Roth family moved to Jewish Harlem. Roth died in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Willing Davidson is a fiction editor at The New Yorker.

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