Has anyone ever worked harder and longer at being immature than Philip Roth? The novelist himself pointed out the paradox, saying that after establishing a reputation for maturity with two earnest novels, he "worked hard and long and diligently" to be frivolous--an effort that resulted in the notoriously immature Portnoy's Complaint (1969). Three-and-a-half decades and more than twenty books later, Roth is still at his serious "pursuit of the unserious." But his art of immaturity has itself matured, developing surprising ...

Philip Roth's Rude Truth: The Art of Immaturity 2008, Princeton University Press

ISBN-13: 9780691138435

Trade paperback

Philip Roth's Rude Truth: The Art of Immaturity 2006, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691116044

Twelfth edition