Philip Roth Calls it Quits

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In a recent interview with a French magazine, prolific novelist Philip Roth claims his 2010 novel, Nemesis, will be his last. In fact, Roth claims he is even done reading. Roth says:

“And after that, I decided that I was done with fiction. I do not want to read, to write more,” he said. “I have dedicated my life to the novel: I studied, I taught, I wrote and I read. With the exclusion of almost everything else. Enough is enough! I no longer feel this fanaticism to write that I have experienced in my life.”

After two National Book Awards, three PEN Faulkner awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and countless other honors, even if Roth never writes another line, we’d say he’s had a damn good run.


Pat Johnson is currently working on his master’s in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University, and is the owner and editor of the satirical news website The New Porker. When Pat’s not reading or writing he’s likely squeezing a lime into a Tecate and headed to the dance floor. He also creates short films, documentaries, and sketch comedies. Pat is completing his first novel, The Virgin and Marilyn Monroe, and writing a book of Creative Non-Fiction short stories. More from this author →