- Kevin Bloom
Starting with Goodbye, Columbus when he was 26, Philip Roth’s literary career spanned 50 years, 31 books, and every prize except the Nobel. As a writer, he was to sexual transgression what Marilyn Monroe was to sex itself. So while some will be welcoming the announcement of his retirement, there are hordes more who’ll be feeling a certain loss of vigour this month. By KEVIN BLOOM.