“Call It Sleep” by Henry Roth, one of the great and enduring novels of the Jewish immigrant experience in America, was first published in 1934. Only now, 15
years after his death, are we able to read Roth’s last novel, “An American Type” (Norton, $25.95). Between these two landmark events in American letters is a real-life saga that amounts to the backstory of his autobiographical fiction.
Until now, there has been no full-scale biography of Henry Roth, whose 1934 novel, "Call It Sleep," is considered a masterpiece of American literature.