Philip Roth On The Death Of Readership, Not The Novel

Novel Readership, Not The Novel, Being Killed By The Screen According To Philip Roth

On the front page of the November 18, New York Times, Philip Roth discusses his retirement from writing fiction.  2010’s Nemesis, Roth’s last published work of fiction will remain his final novel.

In the article he clears up a long held misquote, that “the novel is dying.” He says, “I do not believe the novel is dying. I said the readership is dying out. That’s a fact, and I’ve been saying it for 15 years. I said the screen will kill the reader, and it has. The movie screen in the beginning, the television screen and now the coup de grace, the computer screen.”

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