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In her review of Philip Roth’s The Humbling [NYR, December 3], Elaine Blair wrote that Seldon Wishnow is killed in anti-Semitic violence in Roth’s The Plot Against America. In fact it is Seldon Wishnow’s mother who is a victim of anti-Semitic vigilantes. Herman Roth, the father of the main character in that novel, is an insurance salesman.
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Philip Roth (1933–2018)
Though two generations separated us, I felt that he spoke directly to me or, in some mystical, incoherent sense, spoke from somewhere inside my brain.
June 28, 2018 issue
Philip Roth’s ‘Why Write?: Collected Nonfiction 1960–2013’
March 8, 2018 issue