American Literature Essay

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TITLE: EXPLORATION OF HUMAN PSYCHE in the Novels of Philip Roth AUTHOR: SHUCHI AGRAWAL DESIGNATION: LECTURER INSTITUTION: AMITY UNIVERSITY,SEC- 125, NOIDA, UP, INDIA The galaxy of the Jewish novelists in America since the Second World War includes luminaries like Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Bernard Malamud and Philip Roth. They are among the most celebrated American writers. These novelists primarily deal with the clash of psychological forces at the pressing points of character and explore erotic cravings, taboos and inhibitions. However, Philip Roth turns these into the very topics of his penetrating and perceptive investigation. He assiduously fathoms frustrated yearnings and paralyzed desires, probes the enigmas of sex and scruples and pursues the relentless search for meanings and solutions in the labyrinth of lost longings, ferocious marital strife, grim inner conflict, turbulent and tortured emotions, libidinal yearnings, love, conflicting moods, repressed wishes and the unconscious. Thus Roth indefatigably explores the innermost recesses of psyche and true to unravel its depths and secrets. An intensely private man, Philip Roth is one of America’s greatest writers. He is dedicated, even obsessive about his work but loathes the fame that attends it. After spells in Eastern Europe and the UK, his return to New York marked a period of creative renewal as the reflected on the US through the lens of history. Philip Roth has had the grandest prizes available to an American writer. He has been to the white house to have the National Medal of Arts pinned on him by former president Bill Clinton. For the last decade, at an age when most writers are beginning to lose interest, Roth has produced a series of books he has written before, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Philip Milton Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey, in

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