Portnoy's Complaint

A novel by Philip Roth.

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Further reading: Roth's novel was adapted into an unremarkable film in 1972. A controversial blockbuster like Portnoy was bound also to inspire imitations and ripostes, which include Gail Parent's Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (1972) and Barbara Bartlett's The Shiksa (1982). The novel figures prominently in the historian David Biale's wide-ranging cultural history, Eros and the Jews (1992). 

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Josh Lambert

Josh Lambert is Dorot Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and the author of American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide (2009).