Pulitzer-Winning Author, Philip Roth Dies At 85

Pulitzer-Winning Author, Philip Roth Dies At 85

Philip Roth, the prolific author whose novel American Pastoral won a Pulitzer in 1998  and who was best-known for the controversial 1969 Portnoy’s Complaint, a pre-eminent figure in 20th-century literature , died on Tuesday aged 85.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said the writer Judith Thurman, a close friend. Mr. Roth had homes in Manhattan and Connecticut.

Roth’s career began in notoriety and ended in authority, as he grappled with questions of identity, authorship, morality and mortality in a series of novels that shaped the course of American letters in the second half of the 20th century.

The Nobel Prize eluded Mr. Roth, but he won most of the other top honors: two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize.

In his 60s, an age when many writers are winding down, he produced an exceptional sequence of historical novels — “American Pastoral,” “The Human Stain” and “I Married a Communist” — a product of his personal re-engagement with America and American themes.

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May 24th, 2018

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