W.W. Norton will take Blake Bailey books out of print

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W.W. Norton is taking out of print the polarizing “Philip Roth: The Biography” and the 2014 memoir “The Splendid Issues We Deliberate,” each by Blake Bailey, after latest allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to the author.

“Norton is completely placing out of print our editions of ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ and ‘The Splendid Issues We Deliberate,’ Blake Bailey’s 2014 memoir,” a spokeswoman for Norton mentioned in a press release Tuesday to The Occasions. “Mr. Bailey might be free to hunt publication elsewhere if he chooses.”

The writer additionally mentioned it might make a donation within the quantity of Bailey’s six-figure advance for the Roth biography to organizations that “battle in opposition to sexual assault or harassment and work to guard survivors.”

Bailey’s New Orleans-based lawyer, Billy Gibbens, strongly criticized Norton’s choice.

“Norton made the drastic, unilateral choice to take Mr. Bailey’s books out of print, primarily based on the false and unsubstantiated allegations in opposition to him, with out endeavor any investigation or providing Mr. Bailey the chance to refute the allegations,” Gibbens mentioned Tuesday in a press release to The Occasions. “Mr. Bailey’s European publishers correctly haven’t taken such a rash plan of action, and Norton’s knee-jerk response is troubling and unwarranted.”

The writer introduced final week that it wouldn’t ship an extra 10,000 copies of the Roth e-book and would halt promotion of it after plenty of girls who had been college students in Bailey’s eighth-grade honors English class at New Orleans’ Lusher Center Faculty accused him of grooming them once they had been underage for future sexual encounters once they got here of age.

Bailey, by way of e mail and thru his lawyer, has denied all allegations, categorizing them as “completely false.”

Two girls accused the 57-year-old of rape in tales reported by the New Orleans Advocate / Occasions-Picayune and the New York Occasions, which first reported Norton was taking Bailey’s books out of print. One girl mentioned the alleged assault occurred when she was in her early 20s, after she and Bailey stayed in contact through the years. The opposite girl wasn’t a Lusher scholar; a publishing government, she accused Bailey of coming into her room and assaulting her once they had been each houseguests of a e-book critic in 2015.

Bailey, whose earlier works embody biographies of John Cheever, Richard Yates and Charles Jackson, was dropped by his company, the Story Manufacturing unit, the weekend the allegations went public.

“I by no means thought {that a} biography of Philip Roth was going to please all people, and I’ve not been dissatisfied,” Bailey informed The Occasions in March, in an interview about his e-book. “Folks have a tendency to like him or hate him. And in case you are within the latter class … then I can’t be exhausting sufficient on Philip Roth.”

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