Will 8 Roth Volumes Be Enough?
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I am just reading Roth for the first time thanks to the newest volume arriving at my door as part of my subscription and I have noticed something while catching up on his general bio, work output, etc. The articles discussing the LOA arrangement state that the Roth series will have a total of 8 volumes and we now know what the first 7 of the volumes contain (7th just announced on the blog). It appears that if there is a single volume left, it would need to publish 8 books (if Roth were to stop writing today). Even taking into account that four of these are part of his "short novels" series, it seems to me that LOA will not be able to complete its collection of his works in the 8 volumes. I am not sure if a complete collection was the goal, but I imagine it must have been.
I imagine that such details are to be worked out for his "final writings," but I was curious if anyone had heard that this deal will be extended to include all his works?
We originally had secured the rights for his works to date, to fill eight volumes. Then he went on a writing spree and now the plan is for nine volumes.
Great David, thanks for the quick update! I assumed the 9th would be necessary, just didn't know if it was already taken care of or not.
David, that's great to hear. I hope he's around lot longer that you'll have to push it to 10 volumes. Does anyone know if he non-fic book Shop Talk will be part of any future volume?
Long Live Mr. Roth! Hopefully a tenth volume will indeed be necessary.
Congratulations to Mr. Roth on yet another achievement:
David, any updates now that the 7th volume is upon us? Will the 9th volume collect the uncollected short stories listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_Philip_Roth#Short_stories_and_revie...
The eight and ninth volumes are currently slated for Spring 2013 and will include his last seven novels. This will complete the publication of his book-length fiction.
Roth continues to write essays, introductions, and other short pieces, and it is possible/probable that we will publish a volume collecting much of this material, including uncollected early stories, reviews, essays, and a sample of interviews, in a later volume. The Wikipedia list is not remotely complete; there is in fact enough material for a substantial (and separate) LOA volume.
That's amazing news! Hopefully that does come to pass, a supplemental tenth volume. Roth's complete works wouldn't be complete without it. I didn't write the Wikipedia article, but I think it's based on some other list from the Philip Roth Society.
Roth has another book due in May 2012, a memoir, Notes For My Biographer: http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/hmh/site/hmhbooks/bookdetails?isbn=978054789...
Apparently, Notes For My Biographer never came to fruition. But, good news, the last two volumes of this series will be published on January 24, 2013 - just after my birthday!
Volume 8: Novels 2001-2007 (The Dying Animal, The Plot Against America, Exit Ghost)
Volume 9: Nemeses (Everyman, Indignation, The Humbling, Nemesis)
"Mo Yan my ass. #Rothscrewedagain": http://mhpbooks.com/mo-yan-my-ass-and-other-nobel-reactions-a-round-up/
Another piece on the Roth v. Wikipedia affair that I found extremely interesting:
I think that yahoo misses part of the point. They defend Wikipedia's policy requiring a source with a citation-- fair enough, citations are good. But, they also imply that Roth is a cranky old man who complained because he didn't know how wikipedia works. I don't think that this is the case; I would argue that is exactly why Roth published his complaint--it is now an "official" source that can be cited to fix the issue...
>17. Considering his age, I'm not surprised, but I thought he would publish at least one more book.
So the two volumes out in January will really be it. Hopefully there's a tenth volume somewhere down the road where all of Roth's short stories and miscellaneous pieces are collected, like that recent New Yorker piece about Wikipedia.
Just received the two new Roth volumes. Great having them all now on the shelf, beautiful stuff! Here's hoping for Volume 10: Short Stories and Essays :)
And so, embarassed by my last post, I have read chapter one today of I married a communist. Loving it.
... and loved my inaugural Roth read I married a communist. For me a book about revenge, love, exploration, relationships and normative ethics.
I wonder now was Roth's Johnny O'Day accurate in his final summation of Ira?
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