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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008 file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth apparently still isn’t done with his retirement, especially when tempted by the chance to chat with Stephen Colbert. Comedy Central spokesman Steve Albani told The Associated Press on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, the celebrated novelist has agreed to an “extended interview” in July for the cOlbert Book Club. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008 file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher Houghton Mifflin, in New York. In what may be his last remarks at a public gathering, Philip Roth has accepted Yaddo’s first ever Artist Medal Wednesday May 14, 2014 and spoken gratefully of his time at the venerable retreat in the 1960s. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

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After completing more than 20 novels and winning multiple awards for his writing, Philip Roth, 79, has announced that he’s finished. He’ll organize his archives as Blake Bailey writes his biography. (Associated Press)

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After completing more than 20 novels and winning multiple awards for his writing, Philip Roth, 79, has announced that he’s finished. He’ll organize his archives as Blake Bailey writes his biography. (Associated Press)

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Philip Roth, author of the 1960s cultural touchstone “Portnoy’s Complaint” and more than two dozen other novels, took on Wikipedia for misinformation about his book “The Human Stain.” (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Philip Roth was named Wednesday June 6, 2012, as the winner of Spain's prestigious 2012 Prince of Asturias Prize for literature in recognition of his formidable contribution to American literatures. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

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** FILE ** Philip Roth was named Wednesday June 6, 2012, as the winner of Spain's prestigious 2012 Prince of Asturias Prize for literature in recognition of his formidable contribution to American literatures. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)