The Chaos of Eros by Philip Roth

Due to contractual limitations, I cannot publish Philip Roth’s “The Chaos of Eros,” on this website though it will appear in the printed version of Heart of a Man.

Here are quotes from two people about Roth, one of America’s most important man of letters. The first is by Lena Dunham who was the creator and director of the HBO series Girls! In “American Bitch,” the title of Episode 3, Season 6, Dunham wrote these words, spoken by the character Hannah Horvath:

“I know I’m not supposed to like [Philip Roth], because he’s a misogynist and demeans women, but I can’t help it.”

Hearing this, my wife – this was in our kitchen on November 11, 2017 – replied:

“She likes him because he’s honest.”

In 2008, “The Chaos of Eros” was made into a movie, Elegy, starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz. This is the trailer:


Philip Roth was one of the most awarded American writers of his generation. His books have received the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel, American Pastoral. The Human Stain (2000) was awarded the United Kingdom’s WH Smith Literary Award for the best book of the year. In 2001, in Prague, Roth received the inaugural Franz Kafka Prize. He passed away on May 22, 2018. [from his Wikipedia entry].


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