Philip Roth Has Died at 85

Philip Roth: A literary life in seven stages

Philip Roth: A literary life in seven stages

But Roth was true to his word and, he claimed, perfectly content with life-after-literature, even though he readily admitted that writing had long served as a way to keep depression at bay.

Roth's literary agent, Andrew Wylie, told United States media that the writer, who won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his acclaimed novel "American Pastoral", died of congestive heart failure.

Eight of Roth's novels have been adapted into films, including "Goodbye, Columbus" with Richard Benjamin and Ali McGraw; "Portnoy's Complaint"; "The Human Stain" with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman; "The Dying Animal", adapted as "Elegy"; "The Humbling" with Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig; and "Indignation" and "American Pastoral" both in 2016. In American Pastoral (1997), I Married a Communist (1998) and The Human Stain (2000), Roth traced the upheavals of the 1940s Red Scare, the turbulent 1960s and the debates over political correctness in the 1990s.

While Roth's work first appeared in print in the Chicago Review, his first published book-the 1959 novella and short-story collection Goodbye, Columbus-was the result of a Houghton Mifflin Fellowship.

"His imagination has not only recast our idea of Jewish identity, it has also reanimated fiction, and not just American fiction, generally", the chair of the judges of the prize announced at the time.

"No one I know of has foreseen an America like the one we live in today", he said.

Roth, a celebrated author who passed away on Tuesday, once penned some devastating analysis on President Trump, calling him a "callow and callous killer capitalist". In 2012, Roth made a decision to retire from writing. Though much of his work explored the Jewish American experience, he bristled at being categorized.

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Gunn shared a photo of the cover of Roth's book The Counterlife on Twitter, writing: "RIP Philip Roth".

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

Roth was widely considered the last living great, white, male American novelist, who along with Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer and John Updike helped define what it meant to be American in the latter half of the 20th century.

Psychological introspection - resorting to use of alter ego; As novelist Nathan Zuckerman, voice of nine of his novels - was a permanent battlefield of prolific Roth, with memorable works such as Patrimony (1991), in which protagonist examines his complex relationship with his far and is faced with difficulty of being a witness From his agony to his death.

Roth's personal life was dragged into the spotlight following his messy breakup with British actress Claire Bloom, who painted a grim picture of life with her ex-husband in her 1996 memoir "Leaving a Doll's House".

Ambitious and unusual, The Plot Against America tells an alternate version of 20th century history in which aviator and anti-Semite Charles Lindbergh wins the Republican nomination for U.S. president for the 1940 election and defeats Franklin Roosevelt. "I no longer feel this dedication to write what I have experienced my whole life".

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