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Philip Roth’s biography, a 880-page book by Blake Bailey to release in April


Biographies of living subjects come in different categories: authorised, in which the subject participates and often has final approval; unauthorised, written without the subject’s cooperation, and those like Bailey’s that land in between.

books Updated: Aug 02, 2020 16:41 IST

In the Fall 2012, as the willing subject of one of the most anticipated literary biographies in recent memory, Philip Roth joked that he had surrendered power over his own life to author Blake Bailey.

“I trust you have been getting all the windy emails I’ve been sending you,” Roth wrote to his biographer in correspondence ...


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