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10/15 in New York City: A Philip Roth Tribute Featuring Alec Baldwin | Library of America

10/15 in New York City: A Philip Roth Tribute Featuring Alec Baldwin


October 15, 2013


Join us for Raising the Curtain: Stars of Stage and Screen Salute Philip Roth, a free public program in celebration of the 80th birthday of the only living American novelist to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by The Library of America. An all-star cast including Alec BaldwinJohn Rothman, and Frances Sternhagen will read from the opening passages ...

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Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

The Conversion of the Jews

Philip Roth

" Mrs. Freedman raised her two arms upward as though she were conducting the sky. "For them he's doing it!" And then in a gesture older than pyramids, older than prophets and floods, her arms came slapping down to her sides. "A martyr I have. Look!" She tilted her head to the roof. Ozzie was still flapping softly. "My martyr."

"Oscar, come down, please," Rabbi Binder groaned.

In a startlingly even voice Mrs. Freedman called to the boy on the roof. "Ozzie, come down, Ozzie. Don't be a martyr, my baby."

As though it were a litany, Rabbi Binder repeated her words."Don't be martyr, my baby. Don't be a martyr."

"Gawhead, Ozz-be a Martin!" It was Itzie. "Be a Martin, be a Martin," and all the voices joined in singing for Martindom, whatever it was. "Be a Martin, be a Martin..."


Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

American Masters series explores the life and career of Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novelist Philip Roth, often referred to as the greatest living American writer. Reclusive and diffident, Roth grants very few interviews, but for the first time, allowed a journalist to spend 10 days interviewing him on camera.

The result is Philip Roth: Unmasked, a 90-minute documentary that features Roth freely discussing very intimate aspects of his life and art as he has never done before.