A bestselling biography of late novelist Philip Roth has been yanked by its writer after its author was accused of raping and sexually abusing college students.
Blake Bailey — who was handpicked by the “Portnoy’s Criticism” author to pen the e book — was additionally dropped by his literacy company, the Story Manufacturing facility, earlier than writer W.W. Norton & Firm halted transport of his newest work Wednesday.
“These allegations are critical. In gentle of them, now we have determined to pause the transport and promotion of ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ pending any additional data that will emerge,” the corporate introduced Wednesday.
The 800-page e book, printed April 6, is nonetheless extensively obtainable, together with on Amazon, and has appeared on the bestseller checklist of the New York Instances and different retailers. Bailey had been engaged on it since 2012.
Bailey has been accused of raping a minimum of one former pupil in addition to grooming and assaulting others from his time as an eighth-grade English instructor on the Lusher Center College in New Orleans within the 1990s.
One lady who spoke on the situation of anonymity to the Instances-Picayune claimed that, when confronted, Bailey defended his actions as a result of he “had intercourse with no minors or college students who have been my college students on the time.”
“My conduct was deplorable, however I did nothing unlawful,” he allegedly emailed the accuser, the outlet mentioned.
His lawyer, Billy Gibbens, advised the Los Angeles Instances on Tuesday that Bailey “flatly denies the false allegations towards him,” calling them “scurrilous fees” that “can’t be taken significantly.”
“Mr. Bailey has by no means handled a girl inappropriately and has by no means compelled himself on a girl,” the lawyer additionally advised the Instances-Picayune, one of the primary to element the ladies’s allegations.
His e book on Roth had already brought about a #MeToo-style stir by questioning how “The Human Stain” novelist handled girls each as characters in his books and in his personal life.
Bailey documented intimately Roth’s two sad marriages, in addition to his power adultery — together with advances he made on a good friend of ex-wife Claire Bloom’s daughter.
Having beforehand penned biographies of John Cheever and Richard Yates, Bailey was picked by Roth to write down the bio, and had limitless entry to Roth’s papers and time with the author earlier than his dying in 2018.
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