book cover of An American Type

An American Type

(2010)
A novel by

 
 
The author of the greatest American immigrant novel, Call It Sleep, returns with this posthumous work. Discovered in a stack of nearly 2,000 unpublished pages by a young New Yorker editor, this is the final novel by Henry Roth, whose Call It Sleep was published in 1934 and who 'staged the literary comeback of the century' (Vanity Fair) with Mercy of a Rude Stream in 1994. Set in 1938, An American Type reintroduces us to Roth's alter ego, Ira, who abandons his controlling lover, Edith, in favor of a blond, aristocratic pianist at Yaddo. The ensuing conflict between his Jewish ghetto roots and his high-flown, writerly aspirations forces Ira, temporarily, to abandon his family for the sun-soaked promise of the American West. Fast-paced but wrenching, set against a backdrop of crumbling piers, bedbug-infested SROs, and skyscrapers in glimmering Manhattan and seedy L.A., An American Type is not only, perhaps, the last first hand testament of the Depression but also a universal statement about the constant reinvention of American identity and, with its lyrical ending, the transcendence of love. This posthumous work was edited by Willing Davidson, a former fiction editor at The New Yorker. 3 photos.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Henry Roth's An American Type

Hardback Editions

June 2010 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: An American Type: A Novel
Author(s): Henry Roth
ISBN: 0-393-07775-6 / 978-0-393-07775-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

June 2011 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: An American Type: A Novel
Author(s): Henry Roth
ISBN: 0-393-33992-0 / 978-0-393-33992-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

July 2012 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: An American Type: A Novel
Author(s): Henry Roth
ISBN: 1-4417-4959-4 / 978-1-4417-4959-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2010 : USA Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: An American Type
Author(s): Henry Roth
ISBN: 1-4417-4956-X / 978-1-4417-4956-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2010 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: An American Type
Author(s): Henry Roth
ISBN: 1-4417-4957-8 / 978-1-4417-4957-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2010 : USA MP3 CD
thumb

Title: An American Type
Author(s): Henry Roth
ISBN: 1-4417-4960-8 / 978-1-4417-4960-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: An American Type: A Novel
Author(s): Henry Roth
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA