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Username Post: Philip Roth Passes Away        (Topic#21566)
Bison89 
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05-23-18 08:47 PM - Post#257128    

I know that we primarily discuss sports on this forum, but when one of if not the most recognized Bucknellians passes away, I think that it wouldn't hurt to mention something.

Philip Roth was Pulitzer Prize winner who has been described as the best post WWII American author. The BBC's obituary is much better that what I can do:

Obituary: Philip Roth, the author who scandalised middle America - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-art s-30537...
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!


 
Bison54 
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Re: Philip Roth Passes Away
05-23-18 11:27 PM - Post#257131    
    In response to Bison89

A distinguished man ......too bad the obit forgot Columbus(er Lewisburg).


 
Bison137 
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05-23-18 11:36 PM - Post#257132    
    In response to Bison54

The only thing wrong with the BBC article is that it neglected to mention Bucknell. Roth stated on a number of occasions that two of the biggest influences on his life were Bucknell professors Mildred Martin and Jack Wheatcroft.

Here is an article with more info about his Bucknell roots:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cac...




 
BuffaloBison 
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05-24-18 10:33 AM - Post#257139    
    In response to Bison137

The NY Times obit is more complete, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/22/obituaries /phil... but even it had a hiccup. It originally noted Roth as attending "Bucknell College." It corrects it later, at least on the on-line version, acknowledging that it originally "misstated part of the name of Mr. Roth’s alma mater. It is Bucknell University, not College."

 
Paulie777 
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05-24-18 09:17 PM - Post#257178    
    In response to BuffaloBison

I believe Indignation is a book that captures his time at Bucknell and Lewisburg best. Incidentely there is a portentous message in the book though Roth never intended his books to be allegorical, he simply set his books in historical time mostly wartime such as WWWII , the Korean and Vietnam wars, and the Bill Clinton era to name a few. But indignation is set in his undergraduate years of 1950 and the Korean War and the seeds of McCarthyism and at a school where the students were slightly repressed, the girls a little looney and the administrators uptight and stodgy.
Books are slowly becoming a thing of the past but the Korean situation and present day McCarthyism along with instant news are leading us tragically into a Roth-like ending without the fiction attached. Anyways, Indignation is the Bucknell go to book with The Human Stain a good academic read as well.

 
Bison89 
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05-25-18 10:05 AM - Post#257187    
    In response to Paulie777

Paulie, you never cease to amaze me! Thanks for the recommendations.
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!


 
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