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The allegations against Philip Roth biographer Blake Bailey might save Roth’s literary legacy

Five new literary biographies examine the lives of writers including Philip Roth, Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath

a grim but important read from @rtraister  on what is to be learned from how the philip roth biographer landed the gig in the first place

This guide to “the essential Philip Roth” by @taffyakner  is brilliant and beautifully done. Hat tip to @mrianleslie : without his Ruffian newsletter I’d have missed it

Philip Roth emerges from a new biography as sex-obsessed and difficult. But there was a different side of the great American novelist.

The Philip Roth biography is canceled, Mike Pence's book could be next - and publishing may never be the same @RonCharles  / Washington Post)

Blake Bailey, Philip Roth's biographer, made his eighth grade students feel special. Then, when they grew up, he preyed on them. Crushing, powerful, and important investigative journalism from @josh_levin , @susanematthews , and @MollyOlmstead . @Slate 

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Back in 1961, Philip Roth wrote that the insanities & idiocies of American reality often surpassed the imagination:

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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Philip Roth quietly arranged to give at least $2 million of his estate to the Newark, N.J., public library before his death last year: "Philip wanted to do his part of bring Newark back." ?

My review of Philip Roth's harrowing 2004 novel "The Plot Against America." An alternative history in which an "America First" candidate wins the 1940 presidential race and implements an anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi agenda:

"The great American novelist of our postwar world" - Tributes paid to novelist Philip Roth, who has died aged 85

‘Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.’ Philip Roth, 1933 - 2018

Rest in peace, Philip Roth. “There has to be some pleasure in this job, and that’s it. To go around in disguise. To act a character. To pass oneself off as what one is not. To pretend. The sly and cunning masquerade.”

Breaking News: The literary giant Philip Roth has died at 85. He explored themes of lust, vanity and Jewish identity in novels like "Portnoy's Complaint."

Philip Roth, the American literary icon whose novel “American Pastoral” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, in 1998, has died, at the age of eighty-five.

Philip Roth, the American literary icon whose novel “American Pastoral” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, in 1998, has died, at the age of eighty-five.

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