Philip Roth’s Newark Still Exists — If You Know Where To Look by the Forward

Philip Roth’s Newark Still Exists — If You Know Where To Look

On Philip Roth’s 80th birthday, a group of the author’s most fervent fans boarded a tour bus in Newark, New Jersey, Roth’s hometown and the site of many of his novels. Stops included Weequahic High, where Roth graduated from High School, and one of Roth’s childhood homes. The tour gathered a far-flung set of Roth devotees, including a graduate student from London, as well as locals more familiar with the sights.

The Forward was there to capture video of the occasion and muse on the ways in which Newark shaped Roth, and vice-versa. Watch more, below.


Talya Zax

Talya Zax

Talya Zax is the Forward’s innovation editor. Contact her at or on Twitter, @TalyaZax.

Philip Roth’s Newark: A Tour

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