Philip Roth’s career was blessed with recognition from the very beginning, when in 1959 his first published book, “Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories,” won the National Book Award for Fiction. Recognizing a literary prodigy, the Library of Congress immediately solicited his papers. A decade later Roth donated the records for his early works.
Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1997 for his novel “American Pastoral.” In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House, and in 2002 the Gold Medal in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and three times won the PEN/Faulkner Award.
His “The Plot Against America”won the Society of American Historians’ prize for outstanding historical novel on an American theme in 2003-2004. In 2011 Roth was the recipient of both the National Humanities Medal at the White House and the Man Booker International Prize. Earlier this year he received Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award for Literature.
In 2012, Roth received the Library of Congress National Book Festival Creative Achievement Award. The Library of Congress Manuscript Division is the official repository for the Philip Roth Papers.