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Excavating Philip Roth: Reflections on a Biography's Beginnings with Steve Zipperstein

  • The Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St. San Francisco United States (map)
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Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Steve Zipperstein, who has published several biographies of major Jewish figures, has recently begun work on a biographical study of Philip Roth that will appear in the Yale University Press series Jewish Lives. Professor Zipperstein will speak about how one starts such a work, what it has been like to interview Roth as well as those close to him, and how one writes the life of someone who has—repeatedly, and with such great facility—produced his own fictional autobiography.

Steven J. Zipperstein, Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford, is the author and editor of nine books. The most recent, Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History was named one of the best books of 2018 by The Economist. He is an editor of the Jewish Lives series published by Yale University Press, and is currently at work on a biographical study of Philip Roth.

Program made possible, in part, by Jane and Michael Rice.