Roth, Henry. (1906 - 1995).
W o r k
- wrote a single novel, had it received poorly, and stopped writing
Call It Sleep (1934):
= a masterpiece of Jewish-American literature
- the breakdown of the American dream for a poor Jewish boy growing up in New York slums
<=> parallel to Michael Gold’s Jews Without Money: sympathies with Marxism and naturalistic technique
x but: unlike Gold focuses on the search for the language rather than for the political solution
- New York = a Babylon like city of broken English reinforcing the sense of dislocation
- attempts to connect Realism and Transcendentalism, and the European and American novel
"'Yuh know w'ea babies comm from'?
'From de knish'.
'Between de legs. Who puts id in is de poppa. De poppa's god de petzel. Yaw de poppa'. She giggled stealthily and took his hand."
From Call It Sleep (1934).
AuthorHenry Roth. (1906 - 1995). Jewish-American.
WorkNovelist. Author of Call It Sleep (1934).
GenresNaturalism. Social novel.
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