Philip Roth donating his personal book collection to Newark Public Library


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I love books and I love libraries, so this is a great piece.

Mr. Roth’s library, some 4,000 volumes
Over 3,200 of which are copies of the same volume of Garfield, oddly.


Go Jersey!


For a second I thought it was the Newark Free Library, which is in Newark, Delaware. :disappointed:


The books will be shelved in Newark exactly as they are in Connecticut — not a window into Mr. Roth’s mind exactly, but physical evidence of the eclectic writers who helped shape it: Salinger, Bellow, Malamud, Kafka, Bruno Schulz. Many of the volumes are heavily underlined and annotated…

…So more of a crazy little museum to Mr. Roth than a functioning part of a library…

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