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Biography Philip Roth

2012 Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction

Philip Roth’s career was blessed with recognition from the very beginning, when in 1959 his first published book, “Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories,” won the National Book Award for Fiction. Recognizing a literary prodigy, the Library of Congress immediately solicited his papers. A decade later Roth donated the records for his early works. The Library of Congress Manuscript Division is the official repository for the Philip Roth Papers.

Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1997 for his novel “American Pastoral.” In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House, and in 2002 the Gold Medal in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and three times won the PEN/Faulkner Award.

His “The Plot Against America” won the Society of American Historians’ prize for outstanding historical novel on an American theme in 2003-2004. In 2011 Roth was the recipient of both the National Humanities Medal at the White House and the Man Booker International Prize. He has also received Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award for Literature.

Selected Works at the Library of Congress