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Steven J. Zipperstein

Steven J. Zipperstein’s most recent book is Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History (Liveright). He is now at work on a biographical study of Philip Roth for Yale’s Jewish Lives series. He is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University.

Steven J. Zipperstein

From Pogroms to Philip Roth

with Steven J. Zipperstein

Stanford professor Steven J. Zipperstein and JRB editor Abraham Socher discuss Philip Roth’s life and work, the recent controversy over his authorized biography, and the biography of Roth he is working on now.

Letters From Chicago

Steven J. Zipperstein

One of the many pleasures of the recently published Saul Bellow: Letters is how it reacquaints us with Bellow's wry, poignant, infectiously erudite voice. This is all the more surprising because he wasn't, or at least so he insisted, a natural-born letter writer. As in his literature, Bellow's language is so stunning that one wonders whether he was writing to both his correspondents, and to readers like us.