Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jay A. Gertzman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044170

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044170.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Florida, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FLASO for personal use.date: 20 September 2021

1917–1925

1917–1925

Prelude to an International Protest: A Rising, Pugnacious Man of Letters

Chapter:
(p.35) Chapter 2 1917–1925
Source:
Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist
Author(s):

Jay A. Gertzman

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813044170.003.0002

Roth’s first two decades in America were full of spiritual trials. He got married in 1918 but questioned his ability to love. He wrote acclaimed poetry, but most of it expressed a yearning for God based on guilty awareness of self-interest. He revived a Little Magazine he had previously edited while at Columbia University, but it failed because he did not have sufficient funds. His own Jewish American poetry benefited from the criticism of Marie Syrkin and Maurice Samuel and his understanding of Edgar Arlington Robinson’s dramatic monologues. He opened his Poetry Book Shop, but when it failed, he went to London, where he met and impressed many literary figures. After failing to attain a London publisher for a novel and a proposed anthology of American poetry, he returned to New York. He published two prophetic poems about the future of Zionism and of the moribund condition of European culture after World War I.

Keywords:   Zionism, dramatic monologue, American Jewish Literature, Marie Syrkin, prophetic literature

Florida Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .