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The Problem With The Name Henry Roth

As you guys know, I do some research on the books from the Time list as I’m reading them. It goes without saying that Google is my friend.

So, as I prepared to read Call It Sleep, I attempted to do a quick Google search for its author, Henry Roth.

And here’s what you get when you google Henry Roth:

#1. You get some results from the Henry Roth I’m interested in. Mainly, this older curmudgeonish looking photo that appears on the back of Call It Sleep.

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#2. Next, you get a lot of results about Henry Roth, wedding dress designer. This Henry Roth, on his Facebook page, says his mission is to “rock your frock.” I don’t know what that means. But here’s what that Henry Roth looks like. Sassy!


#3. Finally, you get a lot of results about the movie 50 First Dates, which starred Adam Sandler as, you guessed it, a lead character named Henry Roth. The movie received a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is only 5% lower than the Baz Luhrmann’s version of Gatsby–and that’s just an insult to an outstanding film (Gatsby, that is). Here’s what that Henry Roth looks like.

Henry-Roth sandler

So what’s the point of this post?

I have no idea.

I just…I just thought it strange to have so many famous Henry Roths in the world. That’s all.

See, these are the things I do for 101 Books.

At least now I know who to consult with if I ever decide to change careers and pursue my dream of becoming a wedding dress designer.

16 Comments Post a comment
  1. I really do enjoy your posts…and the wacky creative interesting way your mind plays….thanks!


    December 10, 2013
  2. Are you sure that the wedding frock designer is not a younger version of the Henry Toth on the back of Call it Sleep – they look very alike! Both rock in my opinion.


    December 10, 2013
  3. Ha, I love this post. “The Importance of Being Henry Roth.” 😉


    December 10, 2013
  4. Emily paul #

    Ha ha ha.. Poor Henry Roth ( the one whom you searched about). He had none to push him to the top ranks of Google. He now has you..hopefully… 🙂


    December 10, 2013
  5. Delilah #

    I always google names of characters before I decide to use them. I want to make sure I never tarnish anyone’s name.


    December 10, 2013
  6. Funny! Thanks!


    December 10, 2013
  7. 50 First Dates was a beautiful movie—I’ve seen it about five times. Funnily enough, I didn’t even recall that Adam Sandler’s character was called Henry Roth!


    December 10, 2013
  8. spiderwebir #

    I strive to learn something new each day. Thanks to you I exceeded my goal by two. 🙂


    December 10, 2013
  9. Just thought of a great idea for a character. Gatsby Jay. He could be an academic who once was rich but lost all his dough in the Crash of ’29. He became an academic, teaching very obscure authors. In the late fifties he came upon a writer named Henry Roth. Not the Henry Roth you’re reading but another Henry Roth. This Henry Roth wrote a novel called Sleep Call It. It is the story of an enterprising young author called Roth Henry who wrote a book called Call It Sleep. But the novel didn’t sell well. So Roth Henry toiled on in obscurity for years and years. Then one thing led to another and he finally was discovered by an academic named Henry Roth. And Gatsby Jay became the hero of the literati world. What do you think?


    December 10, 2013
    • I’ll like where you’re going with this. I think you have a best-seller!


      December 11, 2013
  10. I like the first Henry Roth the best, but I’m a natural fan of grumpy curmudgeons.


    December 12, 2013
  11. I didn’t think the new Gatsby film was fabulous or anything, but I also don’t believe it deserves a 49% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes!! I thought Carey Mulligan was great, actually. The cuts were a little jarring for my taste, but that’s really just Luhrmann’s filming style… and it’s the same style that made Moulin Rouge so popular.


    December 18, 2013

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