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Philip Roth retires from public view after final interview

Published on May 20, 2014 6:17 AM
Author Philip Roth poses in New York Sept 15, 2010. US writer Philip Roth, one of the world's most revered novelists, confirmed he will retire from writing and public appearances in a final interview with the BBC. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Philip Roth, widely regarded as one of the greatest US novelists of his generation, has confirmed he will be retiring from writing and from the public stage during a "final" interview with the BBC.

In the two-part documentary, the first part of which will be aired on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, the reclusive author tells interviewer Alan Yentob that "this is my last appearance on television, absolutely my last appearance on stage anywhere".

Roth stunned the literary world 18 months ago when he told French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles he was laying down his pen.

In the interview for BBC programme Imagine, the 80-year-old confirmed his retirement while looking back on the events that shaped a career spanning over 50 years and 31 books.

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