Philip Roth | Critical Essay by Jay L. Halio

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Philip Roth.
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Critical Essay by Jay L. Halio

Source: "Nice Jewish Boys: The Comedy of Goodbye, Columbus and the Early Stories," in Philip Roth Revisited, Twayne Publishers, 1992, pp. 13-36.

In the following excerpt, Halio explores the dark humor present in each of Goodbye, Columbus 's five short stories.

None of the five short stories collected along with Goodbye, Columbus in Roth's first published volume has quite the same range of wit and humor as the novella. But if "The Conversion of the Jews" is in part a ludicrous melodrama and "Epstein" borders on the tragic, they also reveal not only Roth's own moral earnestness but his witty perception into the contradictions and inconsistencies of human lives—elements that can make men and women simultaneously comic and pathetic, funny and sad. In "The Defender of the Faith" Roth opened himself to accusations of anti-Semitism, or Jewish...

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