Posted on June 8, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We hope that scholars succeed in convincing author Philip Roth’s executors not to burn his papers.

But if they don’t, his personal library is at least safe — and ready to go on display — at the Newark Public Library.

Of the 7,000 books Roth left the library, about 3,700 will be publicly accessible (many of them heavily annotated or stuffed with other items), as will an assortment of other items (like his chair and typewriter), according to the New York Times.

Those of us far from New Jersey can take a peek into the Philip Roth Personal Library, thanks to the NY Times; those close can visit the Roth library starting today.

Roth, who died in 2018, was the author of Portnoy's Complaint and the recipient of two National Book Awards (Goodbye, Columbus and Sabbath’s Theater) plus a Pulitzer Prize (American Pastoral).

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