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Prize-winning biographer to take on Philip Roth


February 16. 2013 10:17PM
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(AP) A prize-winning biographer of John Cheever and Richard Yates is taking on a living subject: Philip Roth.


Blake Bailey is working on a biography with the cooperation of the celebrated author of "American Pastoral" and other novels.


Bailey and Roth's agent, Andrew Wylie, made the announcement Wednesday. Bailey doesn't yet have a publisher.


Bailey's Yates biography, "A Tragic Honesty," was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle prize in 2004. His "Cheever: A Life" won the book critics prize in 2010 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


The Roth book is not his only project. He also has a memoir scheduled for 2014.


Associated Press


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