Sep 6, 2012 @ 12:02:00 am
Philip Roth biographer Blake Bailey
Blake Bailey, the biographer whose previous books on John Cheever and Richard Yates have won him praise and awards, has found his next subject: Philip Roth. Bailey revealed this week that he signed a contract with Roth last June, and has been granted full access to the author’s archives and correspondence. The pair have already sat down for several “marathon” interview sessions, and Roth has agreed to give his new biographer his full cooperation. The book hasn’t been sold to a publisher yet, but there doesn’t appear to be much of a hurry: Bailey speculates that it will take him eight to ten years to finish a manuscript.
With Salman Rushdie, Junot Diaz, Zadie Smith, and Tom Wolfe all coming out with new books, the New York Times predicts one of the most "crowded literary traffic jams in recent memory."
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