Pulitzer-winning author Philip Roth dead at 85

Philip Roth: A literary life in seven stages

Philip Roth, a prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, has died.

Roth died in a New York hospital of congestive heart failure on Tuesday night, The New York Times reports. Whether or when Roth would be awarded the prize was a frequent topic of discussion (paywall) among literary enthusiasts, especially as Roth entered his 80s and had seemingly won everything else, including a Pulitzer and a Man Booker International Prize.

He referred to Philip - who is behind books The Ghost Writer, The Plot Against America and The Humbling - as the "greatest living writer" in a touching message.

Lindbergh's character in the novel resembles much of what many see in Trump today: an isolationist with an "America First" philosophy.

After the 2016 election, many opined Roth's 2004 novel foreshadowed the conditions America would go through under Trump's presidency, including the rise of xenophobia.

Born in Newark, New Jersey - a state that would appear often as a setting in his fiction - Roth grew up in a Jewish, middle-class family and attended Rutgers University before transferring to Bucknell University and a stint in the U.S. Army.

For many, Mr. Roth would be inextricably linked to one of the great comic, sexually charged novels of recent memory, 1969's "Portnoy's Complaint", in which the lead character appears nearly overwhelmed with lust.

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In this March 24, 1960 file photo, the three winners of the National Book Award, Robert Lowell, from left, awarded for the most distinguished book of poetry, Richard Ellmann, victor in the non-fiction category, and Philip Roth, recipient of the award in the fiction category for his book 'Goodbye, Columbus, ' pose at the Astor Hotel in New York City.

RottenTomatoes: 42 percent; IMDb: 6.3 Anthony Hopkins plays a disgraced college dean with a secret past who romances a younger woman (Nicole Kidman) with her own mysterious history in an adaptation of Roth's 2000 novel.

Former president Barack Obama also awarded Roth with the National Humanities Medal in 2010.

Roth taught comparative literature, mostly at the University of Pennsylvania.

Roth was married twice - to Margaret Martinson from 1959 to 1963, and to his long-time partner Claire Bloom from 1990 to 1994.

"I have many favorite books by Roth, but this is one of them". "If I'm not an American, I'm nothing", said Roth. "In my life I have had, in total, a couple of months of these completely wonderful days as a writer, and that is enough". "I was by this time no longer in possession of the mental vitality or the physical fitness needed to mount and sustain a large creative attack of any duration", Roth mentioned in a recent interview about his decision.

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