Thirty-Three Years Later, Jonathan Yardley Retires From WaPo

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After thirty-three years and four months, Jonathan Yardley bid adieu to The Washington Post in an opinion article on Friday.

The literary critic wrote over 3,000 reviews while working for the Post and its Sunday supplement, Book World.

In his farewell piece, Yardley says that he achieved his collegiate dream of working for The Washington Post, “I had wanted to work for The Post from the day I left the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in June 1961, and though it took me two full decades to get here it was — for me, at least — worth every minute of the wait.”

He admits that he never finished James Joyce’s massive novel, and every English major’s worst nightmare, “Ulysses,” but promised to give it another go in retirement.

“Ave atque vale. Hail and farewell. It has been a privilege and a joy to write for you, and I will miss you every day,” he signed off.

Ave atque vale to you too, Jonathan. You will be missed.