Philip Roth Biographer Accused of Rape, Publisher Halts Book

W.W. Norton

The publisher of a hit biography of Philip Roth slammed the brakes on distribution and promotion of the book after its writer was accused of rape.

The New York Times reported Thursday that W.W. Norton, the publisher of new release Philip Roth: The Biography, stopped shipments and promotion of the book after biographer Blake Bailey, 57, was accused of rape by two women.

Bailey, a renowned writer known for his literary biographers (he was a Pulitzer finalist for his John Cheever book), denied the allegations in a statement to the Times, calling them “categorically false and libelous.”

Valentina Rice, a 47-year-old publishing executive, said that Bailey raped her in 2015.

Per the Times:

Valentina Rice, a publishing
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