Remembering Henry Roth

By Erika Dreifus on October 6, 2015

Next week will mark the twentieth anniversary of the passing of Henry Roth. As The New York Times noted shortly after Roth’s death on October 13, 1995, Roth was a novelist “known for his masterpiece ‘Call It Sleep,’ an exact, unsparing portrait of the lives of poor Jewish immigrants in New York City in the early decades of this century, and then for experiencing perhaps the most mysterious career in modern American letters.”

You can learn more about that mysterious career in the latest addition to our series of literary discussions: Richard Klin’s essay-review of the first volume in Roth’s Mercy of a Rude Stream series. Klin’s perspective is unusual: He served as production editor (“the unsung hero of book publishing”) for the book that followed Call It Sleep–sixty years after the first book’s publication. And as this anniversary approaches, we are proud to share his thoughts and memories regarding Roth and his work.