Literary Giant Philip Roth Dies At 85






Renowned novelist, and dominant force in American literature, Philip Roth has died at the age of 85.

His death was first reported by The New York Times and The New Yorker.

It was later confirmed by Roth’s literary agent Andrew Wylie who said the cause of his death was congestive heart failure.

Judith Thurman, who doubles as a writer and Roth’s friend said: “I’m in a state of shock. I’m stunned and speechless. He was a truth teller.”

A prolific essayist and critic, Roth was best known for mining the Jewish-American experience in his work.

His novel, written in 1969 “Portnoy’s Complaint,” which is about a horny teenager named Alexander Portnoy brought him fame.

Roth won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his acclaimed novel “American Pastoral.”

He also managed to sustain his literary output in terms of quality as well as quantity, as seen in his widely admired political trilogy that included “American Pastoral”, “I Married a Communist” (1998) and “The Human Stain” (2000).

The decorated author won most top literary honors but the coveted Nobel Literature Prize eluded him.

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