Philip Roth http://nwpr.org en Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth http://nwpr.org/post/re-released-recordings-reveal-literary-titans-their-youth You can listen to plenty of actors performing the works of William Shakespeare. But imagine if you could hear the voice of the young playwright himself — or the older one, for that matter — reading his own writing aloud.<p>Well, we can't take you back that far. But in the early 1960s, when recorded readings by authors were rare, a young couple in Boston decided to be literary audio pioneers.<p>The idea was hatched in 1962. Lynne Sharon Schwartz, who is a respected novelist today,<strong> </strong>was working on a magazine at the time. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:19:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 42450 at http://nwpr.org Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth Book News: Phyllis Krasilovsky, Author Of 'The Very Little Girl,' Dies http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-phyllis-krasilovsky-author-very-little-girl-dies <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Phyllis Krasilovsky, author of sweet, simple children's books such as <em>The Very Little Girl</em> and <em>The First Tulips in Holland</em>, died Wednesday of complications following a stroke, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/books/phyllis-krasilovsky-dies-at-87-wrote-childrens-books.html?ref=books">her daughter told <em>The New York Times</em></a><em>. </em>She was 87. Krasilovsky began writing stories for her husband's 5-year-old cousin, who was dying of cancer. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 42242 at http://nwpr.org An Exhaustive Survey From Columbus To Nemesis In 'Roth Unbound' http://nwpr.org/post/exhaustive-survey-columbus-nemesis-roth-unbound <em>Roth Unbound</em>, Claudia Roth Pierpont's aptly titled study of Philip Roth's evolution as a writer, unleashes a slew of memories — including my eye-opening first encounter with <em>Portnoy's Complaint </em>as a naive 14-year-old. It also stokes a strong desire to re-read his books, which I suspect will be the case for many.<p>About that early memory: My father was an avid fan, who connected with Roth's exuberant, subversive take on sex and what it meant to be both a secular Jew and an American in the years following WorId War II. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Heller McAlpin 36233 at http://nwpr.org An Exhaustive Survey From Columbus To Nemesis In 'Roth Unbound'