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Novelist Philip Roth Is Dead at 85
Philip Roth, one of the iconic American writers of the 20th century, has died at 85, The New York Times reported.
Roth, the author of groundbreaking works such as “Portnoy’s Complaint,” “Goodbye Columbus” and “The Human Stain,” died of congestive heart failure, said friend and fellow writer Judith Thurman.
Along with Saul Bellow and John Updike, Roth helped define the American novel in the post-World War II era, exploring “what it means to be American, a Jew, a writer, a man,” the Times said. Perhaps his most famous work is “Portnoy’s Complaint,” an unflinching look at young male sexuality.
“Updike and Bellow hold their flashlights out into the world, reveal the world as it is now,” Mr. Roth once said. “I dig a hole and shine my flashlight into the hole.”
Roth was the recipient of two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize. In 2005 Roth became only the third living writer to have his books enshrined in the Library of Congress.
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