An American Type: A Novel

· W. W. Norton & Company
14 reviews

About this ebook

“His early novel Call It Sleep was his Ulysses. His late work An American Type is his Grapes of Wrath.”—Thane Rosenbaum, Los Angeles Times This “glorious, evocative, literary novel for the ages” (Los Angeles Times) has finally taken its place within the great canon of American fiction. Set during the Great Depression, against a backdrop of New York’s glimmering skyscrapers and Los Angeles’s seedy motor courts, this autobiographical work concludes the unparalleled saga of Henry Roth, whose classic Call It Sleep, published in 1934, went on to become one of Time’s 100 best American novels of the twentieth century. With echoes of Nathanael West and John Steinbeck, An American Type is a heartrending statement about American identity and the universal transcendence of love.
14 reviews
A Google user
Though not of the caliber of his masterpieces, Roth still manages to sting and resonate post mortem. The painful part is that even his unfinished, unintended work is worth reading.
A Google user
I started my love affair with Henry Roth like most finding a tattered old copy of Call It Sleep. Over the last 25 years, I've grown up with David/Ira and learned about life, pain, and the struggle for authenticity while witnessing Roth's re-opening as a writer.
A Google user
AN AMERICAN TYPE by Henry Roth Having grown up in a Jewish family and seeing the 1964 paperback edition of CALL IT SLEEP prominently displayed I have a long deep appreciation for Henry Roth as a ...

About the author

Henry Roth (1906–1995) spent his early years on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In 1914, the Roth family moved to Jewish Harlem. Roth died in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Willing Davidson is a fiction editor at The New Yorker.

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