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.
By Elizabeth A. Harris
Photographs by Vincent Tullo
NEWARK — Philip Roth was not precious about the books in his personal library.
When he died in 2018, he left behind more than 7,000 marked-up paperbacks and hardcovers, most of them tucked into the built-in shelves of his Upper West Side apartment and Warren, Conn., home. He donated them to the Newark Public Library, and when Nadine Sergejeff, the supervising librarian of what would become the Philip Roth Personal Library, looked at what she had, she found treasures.
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