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Month: September, 2012

W. W. Norton to Publish Roth Biography

The Associated Press has reported that Blake Bailey’s biography of Philip Roth has been acquired by publisher W. W. Norton and Co.  The book is tentatively titled Philip Roth: The Biography.  A spokesman for Norton said on Thursday that this book will be the definitive account of the novelist’s life, and that Bailey will have unrestricted […]

Wacky Wikipedia Follow Up

In light of yesterday’s “Open Letter to Wikipedia,” a posting Philip Roth placed on The New Yorker‘s blog, there has been an avalanche of reaction and commentary about the novelist’s attempts at wiki-intervention.  Traditional media outlets as well as bloggers of all stripes have been posting on Roth’s strange and frustrating experiences with Wikipedia and its […]

Philip Roth’s Open Letter to Wikipedia

In a September 7th posting on the blog of The New Yorker, Philip Roth contributes “An Open Letter to Wikipedia,” pointing out incorrect information posted in The Human Stain entry found on the popular web-based resource.  In particular, Roth notes the inaccuracy of the Anatole Broyard reference regarding the creation of his 2000 novel: “The entry contains a serious […]

Roth Chooses New Biographer

According to the New York Times‘ “Art Beat,” Blake Bailey has agreed to work with Philip Roth as his new biographer.  Author of biographies on figures such as John Cheever and Richard Yates, Bailey will be taking over from Ross Miller, who had previously signed onto this project in 2004.  According to Bailey, the biography should […]

Revisting Portnoy, in Pictures

In a recent The A.V. Club article, Nathan Rabin revisits what many consider to be the least successful of Roth-based film adaptations, Ernest Lehman’s Portnoy’s Complaint.  The film came out in 1972, following up on the success of the previous cinematic Roth adaptation, Larry Peerce’s Goodbye, Columbus (also starring Richard Benjamin), but disappointing on a variety of […]

Revisiting Portnoy

Writer Bernard Avishai discusses Portnoy’s Complaint and highlights his new book, Promiscuous: Portnoy’s Complaint and Our Doomed Pursuit of Happiness, on The Daily Beast.

Philip Roth Will Not Be Attending the National Book Festival

Back in May, we had posted that Philip Roth would be one of the headliners attending the Library of Congress’s 12th annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22 and 23.  However, as reported by the Washington City Paper yesterday, Roth’s name was nowhere to be found on the festival’s updated website.  Furthermore, a spokesperson for the Library […]