American Author Philip Roth Dies At 85
Pulitzer, National Book Award and Man Booker International Prize-winning American author Philip Roth has passed away aged 85. According to The New York Times, the author died due to congestive heart failure. The Pulitzer, National Book Award and Man Booker International Prize-winning novelist’s work drew its inspiration from Jewish family life and American ideals.
His works included American Pastoral, I Married a Communist and Portnoy’s Complaint. His short story collection “Goodbye Columbus” which was published in 1959 catapulted him to success. In later life he wrote a number of highly regarded historical novels, including his 1997 work American Pastoral, for which he won his Pulitzer. He wrote prolifically over the course of his career, publishing more than 30 books before ending his fiction career in 2009.
Fellow writers and authors were saddened by the loss, such as his biographer Blake Bailey:
Philip Roth died tonight, surrounded by lifelong friends who loved him dearly. A darling man and our greatest living writer. pic.twitter.com/v01QkXi7wD
— Blake Bailey (@BlakeBaileyOn) May 23, 2018
Screenwriter David Simon:
Improbably, I had the honor of meeting Philip Roth just a few months ago to discuss an adaptation of Plot Against America. At 85, he was more precise and insightful, more intellectually adept and downright witty than most any person of any age. What a marvelous, rigorous mind.
— David Simon (@AoDespair) May 23, 2018
Editor of The New York Times Book Review, Pamela Paul:
RIP Philip Roth. One of our greats. A very sad moment for American, and global, literature.
— Pamela Paul (@PamelaPaulNYT) May 23, 2018
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