Philip Roth | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Edward Rothstein

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of Philip Roth.
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Critical Essay by Edward Rothstein

Nathan Zuckerman, thrice-married son of a foot doctor, is not just a novelist who likes to quote Flaubert and invoke the powers of Art. No, as Philip Roth intimates in the title of his new novel, Zuckerman Unbound, Nathan has a great mythological predecessor, Prometheus, whose own story was told by Aeschylus in a similarly titled tale. Zuckerman, of course, does nothing so dramatic as stealing fire from Zeus for the benefit of human civilization. All he does is write a book.

In fact, as we know from Roth's own previous book, The Ghost Writer, that is all Nathan Zuckerman has ever wanted to do. The narrative is Nathan's tale of his youthful journey to receive the Word at the feet of E. I. Lonoff—distinguished author, consummate literary craftsman. "I had come," he explains...

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