The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that 79-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Philip Roth is retiring from writing. "To tell you the truth, I'm done," he said to a reporter, according to an online post on November 9th at 2:50 p.m. Roth said his decision meant that his most recent book, Nemesis, published in 2010, would be his last book.
Lori Glazer, Houghton Mifflin's vice president and executive director of publicity confirmed Roth's decision.
Philip Roth is the author of the 1959 National Book Award-winning novella Goodbye Columbus; Portnoy's Complaint, the hilarious and sexually explicit running monologue of a Jewish bachelor, which broke language and cultural barriers; the popular Nathan Zuckerman novels, particularly American Pastoral, which won the Pulitizer in 1997.
He has been a prolific writer of works known for their melding of his Jewish and American heritages.
In 1991, Roth published Patrimony, a moving portrait of himself and his father as they shared his father's aging process and the deterioration of his health. At the time, it was one of few memoirs written about the topic by a son about a father.
During his career, Roth became close friends with Italian author Primo Levi and Levi visited him in the United States. Roth interviewed Levi about Levi's writing of renowned books about the Holocaust and together they explored themes of guilt, shame, and the attempted demise of the Jews and others. The discussion seemed to indicate that this was a meaningful project in Roth's life.
Philip Roth is from Newark, NJ--roots that have often inspired his writing.
His writing will be unimaginably missed, particularly by the writer of this blog.