Philip Roth: Astute appraisals of a larger-than-life writer

Book review: Nadel’s book lacks the spark of life that animates Bailey’s Roth

Author Philip Roth. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

Author Philip Roth. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

Philip Roth: The Biography
by Blake Bailey
Jonathan Cape, 912pp, £30

Philip Roth: A Counterlife
by Ira Nadel
Oxford University Press, 568pp, $29.95

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