Call It Sleep

Hen­ry Roth
  • From the Publisher
March 20, 2013

When Hen­ry Roth pub­lished his debut nov­el Call It Sleep in 1934, it was greet­ed with con­sid­er­able crit­i­cal acclaim though, in those trou­bled times, lack­lus­ter sales. Only with its paper­back pub­li­ca­tion thir­ty years lat­er did this nov­el receive the recog­ni­tion it deserves — and still enjoys. Hav­ing sold-to-date mil­lions of copies world­wide, Call It Sleep is the mag­nif­i­cent sto­ry of David Schearl, the dan­ger­ous­ly imag­i­na­tive” child com­ing of age in the slums of New York.

First pub­lished in 1934, and imme­di­ate­ly hailed as a mas­ter­piece, this is a nov­el of Jew­ish life full of the pain and hon­esty of fam­i­ly rela­tion­ships. It holds the dis­tinc­tion of being the first paper­back ever to receive a front-page review in The New York Times Book Review, and it became a nation­wide bestseller.

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