Famed Jewish author Philip Roth calls it quits after 20 novels

(JNS.org) Prolific Jewish-American author Philip Roth, 79, has decided to retire after a career that lasted more than 50 years, his publisher Houghton Mifflin confirmed Nov. 9.

“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,” Roth said in a recent interview with a French publication called Les Inrocks, according to an English translation of the interview posted by Salon last week.

Houghton Mifflin reached out to Roth when the French interview was published. “He said [news of his retirement] was true,” said Lori Glazer, vice president and executive director of publicity at Houghton Mifflin.

Roth has won a number of prestigious writing awards. He gained fame with his 1959 book Goodbye, Columbus and later, in1969, with Portnoy’s Complaint, in which he gained international fame for his psychoanalytical monologue of “a lust-ridden, mother-addicted young Jewish bachelor.” He later won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel American Pastoral. His final book is the short story Nemesis, published in 2010.

Posted on November 12, 2012 .