The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2330 Thursday, 14 December 2000
Date: Wednesday, 13 Dec 2000 15:59:07 -0500
Subject: 11.2309 Re: Roth on Verse
Comment: Re: SHK 11.2309 Re: Roth on Verse
Re: Herman Gollob's remarks on Philip Roth.
Why seek so far a field for Roth's inspiration? Roth is arguably our
most "literary" writer; the broadly allusive nature of his work has been
evident since his earliest published work. Though your own work sounds
very exciting, you would do well to consult James Bloom's 1997 book, THE
LITERARY BENT (UPenn Press), which provides the most thorough and astute
account of Roth's "Shakespearizing' to date. For now, take this tidbit
from Bloom's account of Shakespeare's circulation in PORTNOY'S
COMPLAINT: "After asking, Can you beat that for a serpent's tooth?",
Alexander Portnoy, Roth's most notorious surrogate, summed his life as
'some farce version of King Lear, with me in the role of Cordelia.'"