“I did the best I could with what I had.”

Philip Roth, in a retrospective interview: When I decided to stop writing about five years ago I did, as you say, sit down to reread the 31 books I’d published between 1959 and 2010. I wanted to see whether I’d wasted my time. You never can be sure, you know. My conclusion, after I’d finished, […]

Philip Roth’s Retirement.

One of the giants of American literature, you may have heard, is retiring: To his friends the notion of Mr. Roth not writing is like Mr. Roth not breathing. It sometimes seemed as if writing were all he did. He worked alone for weeks at a time at his house in Connecticut, reporting every morning […]