last wednesday and thursday evenings (23rd and 24th may), on bbc 2 tv (repeated from may 2014 on bbc 1 tv)
philip roth unleashed (presented by alan yentob) (2 episodes) (in the imagine … series)
“Having celebrated his 80th birthday in his home town of Newark, New Jersey, Philip Roth, in conversation with Alan Yentob, is ready to tell the whole story.
1. After Portnoy’s Complaint launched him as a new literary voice, not to mention a scandalous one, Roth went on to be hailed by many as America’s greatest living writer.
Never afraid to look hard at the extremes of human experience, he has been both consistently controversial and intensely private.
2. After his scandalous debut with Portnoy’s Complaint, and the intensely personal novels of his early career, Philip Roth turned this same fearless vision to some of the great themes of the American century – civil rights, McCarthyism, the Vietnam war – as his characters become impaled on history.
In a career spanning six decades Roth became one of the most controversial and influential writers of the modern age.”
(if you missed them, available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b044r6k9/imagine-summer-2014-2-philip-roth-unleashed-part-1 and https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b045gvsv/imagine-summer-2014-3-philip-roth-unleashed-part-2)