Philip Roth Is Donating 4,000 Of His Personal Books To The Newark Public Library
On Tuesday, New York Times readers learned that Goodbye, Columbus author Philip Roth is a book hoarder, just like any good reader should be. But unlike the rest of us, Roth has found a solution to his problem. The Newark Public Library, a central fixture in Roth's novella, will be designated as his book depository on Thursday at its first-ever Philip Roth Lecture, hosted by White Teeth author Zadie Smith.
Philip Roth's book hoarding has pretty much taken over his life. The 4,000 books in his collection sprawl from living room to attic in his Connecticut home. From The New York Times:
Roth's collection will be shelved in the same way at the Newark Public Library as they are at his home, "not a window into [his] mind exactly, but physical evidence of the eclectic writers who helped shape it: Salinger, Bellow, Malamud, Kafka, Bruno Schulz." The books will be housed in a neighboring two-story building, which has previously been used for storage.