Without much fanfare, Philip Roth has declared that he is retiring. There’s a very nice appreciation by Panio Gianopoulos here on Slate, with others, surely, to follow. The best American novelist since Faulkner? Here’s my idiosyncratic list of his true masterpieces: Portnoy’s Complaint, American Pastoral, The Ghost Writer, The Human Stain, The Plot Against America, Everyman, and Sabbath’s Theater. Who else is even in the conversation?
Here, for instance, in reverse chronological order, are the American novelists who’ve won the Nobel Prize since Faulkner’s in 1949:
Toni MorrisonIsaac Bashevis SingerSaul BellowJohn SteinbeckErnest Hemingway