The author Philip Roth dies at the age of 85 years

Reuters

One of the great American authors Philip Roth, died at the age of 85 years.

The Pulitzer, the National Book Award and the Man Booker International Prize-winning novelist’s work drew its inspiration from a Jewish family, sex, and American ideals.

His works included American Pastoral, I Married a Communist, and Portnoy’s Complaint.

The New York Times reported that a close friend of Roth, said he died of congestive heart failure.

Roth first found success with his collection of short stories, Goodbye, Columbus, published in 1959.

A decade later, his sexually explicit novel, Portnoy’s Complaint catapulted him to fame, making him a celebrity in the United States.Obituary: Philip Roth, the author who scandalised middle America

In later life he wrote a number of highly regarded historical novels, including 1997’s American Pastoral, for which he won his Pulitzer.

He wrote prolifically in the course of his career, the publication of about 30 books before the end of his fiction career in the year 2009.

In 2014, he told the BBC he would be no more appearances in public: “I can guarantee you that this is my last appearance ever on television… absolutely [my] last appearance on any stage anywhere.”

The tributes flowed in on Twitter, with his biographer, Blake Bailey called him “darling husband” and the New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul describes him as “one of our big”.

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