Author Philip Roth is famous for exploiting his private life for material in his writing, but the upcoming PBS documentary American Masters: Philip Roth: Unmasked (airing Mar. 29, 9 p.m.) will reveal the iconic writer’s thoughts on many subjects without the veil of fiction. In honor of Roth’s 80th birthday, admirers such as Jonathan Franzen and Mia Farrow also weigh in on his work and influence. Below is a clip in which Roth talks about the confessional nature of Portnoy’s Complaint — watch until the end to see his sharp sense of humor on display. READ FULL STORY
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Philip Roth, one of America’s most celebrated novelists and author of Portnoy’s Complaint and The Human Stain, has officially retired from writing. In an interview with the French publication Les inRocks, Roth was quoted as saying his 2010 novel Nemesis will be his last book. Roth’s publisher confirmed the interview’s accuracy for Salon.com. According to Salon’s translation, Roth, now 79, reread his favorite novels and then compared them to his own work because he wanted to see if he’d “wasted my time writing.” Satisfied that he hadn’t, he decided he’d devoted enough of his life to fiction.
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