Community Foundation hosts Philip Roth legacy gift

The Community Foundation of New Jersey is pleased to host part of acclaimed novelist Philip Roth’s legacy gift for the Newark Public Library, which is creating this unique literary destination in the heart of the city.

As the Newark Public Library explains, “the Newark-born American writer Philip Roth left his entire personal library of approximately 7,000 volumes, books accumulated by him from 1950 to the present, to the Newark Public Library.”

The Philip Roth Personal Library (PRPL) is housed on the second floor of the Main Library next to Centennial Hall. Many books bear Roth’s handwritten comments, notes, and underlinings and will be accessible for study and perusal.


Additional coverage is available in the New York Times:


New York Times: Look Inside Philip Roth’s Personal Library

The author of ‘Goodbye, Columbus’ and ‘The Human Stain’ left several thousand books, many of them with notes or letters, to the Newark Public Library. The collection will soon open to the public.

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