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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Philip Roth, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure, said Andrew Wylie, his literary agent. He was 85. He was hospitalized two weeks ago with tachycardia, which he'd suffered for many years, said his friend, Judith Thurman. ... Roth was one of America's most prolific 20th century novelists, a career that included more than two dozen books. "From the beginning of his long and celebrated career, Philip Roth's fiction has often explored the human need to demolish, to challenge, to oppose, to pull apart," the Pulitzer committee said when it awarded him the prize for fiction two decades ago for American Pastoral.

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Roth has never failed to provoke with his many books, including 1959's Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories, The Plot Against America and Everyman.

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"Philip Roth, whose sexually scandalous comic novel "Portnoy's Complaint" brought him literary celebrity after its publication in 1969 and who was eventually hailed as one of America's greatest living authors for the blunt force and controlled fury of his dozens of later works, died May 22 at hospital in Manhattan.

Mr. Roth's 1959 debut story collection, "Goodbye, Columbus," earned him the first of two National Book Awards. He would go on to publish 27 novels, two memoirs and several more story collections by the time he publicly retired from writing in 2012. His lifelong themes included sex and desire, health and mortality, and Jewishness and its obligations -- arguably his most definitive subject, given the controversy surrounding his earliest works.

A 2006 survey by the New York Times Book Review of the best books since 1981 found an astonishing six of Mr. Roth's novels among the top 22. Well into his senior years, he continued to win the highest laurels of his profession with new, evocative works.

In 1993, his "Operation Shylock: A Confession" won the prestigious PEN/Faulkner prize; in 1995, "Sabbath's Theater" won the National Book Award; in 1997, "American Pastoral" won the Pulitzer Prize."

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-05-23 01:04 AM | Reply

"Sabbath's Theater"

www.goodreads.com

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2018-05-23 01:08 AM | Reply

First Vonnegut, now Roth. A generation of writers has past.

BTW If you have never read Catch-22, I would recommend it highly

#3 | Posted by SLBronkowitz at 2018-05-23 07:25 AM | Reply

Damn, i confused Roth with Heller. my appologies. Roth was sgill a great writer.

#4 | Posted by SLBronkowitz at 2018-05-23 08:11 AM | Reply

if holden caulfield had an older brother it would have been philip roth. cheezy middle class angst. the only reason to read roth is so you can say you read roth, evidently considered a plus in some circles.

#5 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-23 10:54 AM | Reply

The only Roth book I've read is The Plot Against America.

Meh.

#6 | Posted by anton at 2018-05-23 06:04 PM | Reply

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