Posted on April 27, 2021 at 3:11 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

W.W. Norton has decided to make permanent its temporary halt on publishing and promoting Blake Bailey’s biography of Philip Roth.

The publisher had paused those actions last week after several women went public with allegations of sexual misconduct.

That said, according to The New York Times, the publisher was told about a rape allegation against Bailey back in 2018.

The NY Times, which also reported today’s news about Bailey’s book, says that Norton will stop publishing Bailey’s 2014 memoir, The Splendid Things We Planned, in addition to not printing Philip Roth: The Biography.

It wasn’t clear from the internal email whether digital and audio versions were included, but it did announce that Norton would donate an amount equivalent to Bailey’s advance to organizations that support sexual assault survivors and victims of sexual harassment.

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