Read 15 Literary Figures’ Responses to Philip Roth’s Retirement


Like many of you, we were surprised and a little saddened (though perhaps we should have seen it coming) to find out yesterday that Philip Roth has announced his retirement from writing, albeit in an entirely strange manner — an interview with the French culture news publication Les inRocks . This is what happens when you don’t give people who should get Nobels their Nobels, you guys. As might be expected, the literary world has been reacting on Twitter since the news emerged, with responses ranging from dismay to relief to pithy comments (aren’t pithy comments always the response, though?). After the jump, we’ve collected a few of the Twitter responses to Roth’s retirement from writers and literary critics — check them out, and let us know your own reaction in the comments.