03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Philip Roth On The Humbling , The Internet, And Nora Roberts

At 76, Mr. Roth continues to explore the themes that have defined his work: the eroding of family ties; man's struggle with depression and loneliness as he ages; and the expectations that frame and inevitably isolate sexual partners. Although a British gaming company placed him among the favorites for this year's Nobel Prize, he didn't win. "I don't expect anything from them," he says. "And they usually reward my expectation."

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