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Henry Miller


The Great Gatsby
Philip Roth Writer
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The book everybody loves in America... you just have to go outside and tap somebody on the shoulder and say, which book do you love most?  They all say: The Great Gatsby.  And I am a real admirer of Great Gatsby, too.  It's gloriously fresh.  It's got some wonderful creatures at the periphery, but it's a bit melodious for my taste, actually.  And not as... I... I don't believe he's as strong a... a writer as Hemingway is.

Born in March 1933, American writer Philip Roth's fame rests on the frank explorations of Jewish-American life he portrays in his novels. There is a strong autobiographical element in much of what he writes, alongside social commentary and political satire. Despite often polarising critics with his frequently explicit accounts of his male protagonists' sexual doings, Roth has received a great many prestigious literary awards which include a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1997, and the 4th Man Booker International Prize in 2011.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: The Great Gatsby

Duration: 43 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2011

Date story went live: 18 March 2013