The Plot Against America OverviewThe Plot Against America is an alternate history novel inspired by the novel It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. The Plot Against America takes place from 1940 to 1942. Charles Lindbergh—a renowned aviator and known anti-Semite—defeats Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1940 Presidential election and vows to keep America out of the war against Hitler. Under Lindbergh’s Presidency, anti-Semitism rises in the country and fascist policies begin to take shape. The story is told from the perspective of a young, fictionalized version of the author, Philip Roth. Philip lives with his Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey. The Roths suffer fear and family strife in the face of these frightening sociopolitical events. The novel explores themes of family, anti-Semitism, politics, fascism, and fear.
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Philip Roth Biographies (5)
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In 1974, Philip Roth wrote a satirical novel about baseball which he entitled The Great American Novel. The title refers to the parodies of a number of classic American novels in the book, but it al...
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One of the dominant voices of American-Jewish literature during the past two decades, Philip Roth has had an ambivalent, even troubled, response to the Jewishness of his congenial material. He was bor...
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[This entry was updated by S. Lillian Kremer (Kansas State University) from her entry in DLB 173: American Novelists Since World War II, Fifth Series, pp. 202-234.]A major writer of twentieth-century ...
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The American author Philip Roth (born 1933) used his Jewish upbringing and his college days for the basis of many of his novels and other works.Roth used his experiences in growing up in the Weequahic...
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Biography EssayIn 1973, Philip Roth wrote a satirical novel about baseball which he entitled The Great American Novel. The title refers to the parodies of a number of classic American novels in the ...