NEW YORK — The writer of a extremely anticipated and extensively debated biography of Philip Roth is pulling the guide and slicing ties with creator Blake Bailey, who faces a number of allegations of sexual harassment and assault. W.W. Norton and Firm beforehand launched Bailey’s memoir “The Splendid Issues We Deliberate.”
“Norton is completely placing out of print our editions of ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ and ‘The Splendid Issues We Deliberate,’ Blake Bailey’s 2014 memoir,” the writer introduced Tuesday. “Mr. Bailey can be free to hunt publication elsewhere if he chooses. As well as, Norton will make a donation within the quantity of the guide advance for ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ to organizations that combat towards sexual assault or harassment and work to guard survivors.”
The gorgeous determination follows reviews final week from The New York Instances, The New Orleans Instances-Picayune and The Related Press amongst others that Bailey, who within the Nineteen Nineties taught eighth grade English in New Orleans, had behaved inappropriately with college students and later sought sexual relationships. Two former college students and a publishing govt have alleged that he assaulted them.
Bailey, whose Roth guide got here out in early April, has denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer, Billy Gibbens, condemned the announcement, whereas noting that “Philip Roth” remains to be being offered abroad.
“Norton made the drastic, unilateral determination to take Mr. Bailey’s books out of print, based mostly on the false and unsubstantiated allegations towards him, with out endeavor any investigation or providing Mr. Bailey the chance to refute the allegations,” he stated in an announcement emailed to The Related Press. “Mr. Bailey’s European publishers properly haven’t taken such a rash plan of action, and Norton’s knee-jerk response is troubling and unwarranted.”
Recognized beforehand for his acclaimed biographies of authors John Cheever and Richard Yates, Bailey had labored on the Roth guide since 2012, and had met extensively with the creator, who died in 2018. “Philip Roth” reached the New York Instances bestseller checklist and opinions have been principally constructive, although some critics discovered him too indulgent of Roth and the way he handled ladies, in his work and in his private life.
Hillel Italie, The Related Press