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Mandi Bierly
November 09, 2012 AT 07:02 PM EST

Philip Roth, one of America’s most celebrated novelists and author of Portnoy’s Complaint and The Human Stain, has officially retired from writing. In an interview with the French publication Les inRocks, Roth was quoted as saying his 2010 novel Nemesis will be his last book. Roth’s publisher confirmed the interview’s accuracy for Salon.com. According to Salon’s translation, Roth, now 79, reread his favorite novels and then compared them to his own work because he wanted to see if he’d “wasted my time writing.” Satisfied that he hadn’t, he decided he’d devoted enough of his life to fiction.

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From the EW Archives: Philip Roth Makes History — Q&A

EW reviews Nemesis

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