American literary giant Philip Roth dies aged 85

American literary giant Philip Roth dies aged 85

Leading figures in literature, television and academia paid homage to Roth, the author of works including American Pastoral and Portnoy's Complaint, who wrote about topics from the experience of Jews living in America to male sexuality and USA politics.

Tributes have been paid to Philip Roth, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author who has died at the age of 85.

The 1969 novel "Portnoy's Complaint" rocketed him to fame for its raunchy, hilarious depiction of a teenage boy's lustful urges and ensuing guilt.

The news was first announced Tuesday night (May 22) by the New Yorker-to which Roth was a frequent contributor-citing close friends of the writer.

Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for 'American Pastoral'.

The author of more than 25 books, Roth was an uncompromising realist and satirist, confronting readers in a bold, direct style that scorned false sentiment or hopes for heavenly reward.

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Although his novels often explored the Jewish experience in America, Roth, who said he was an atheist, rejected being labeled a Jewish-American writer.

When asked whether the central character of his fictional novel - Lindbergh - was exactly like Trump, Roth disagreed.

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.

He wanted "to see whether I had wasted my time", according to the New York Times Book Review. The son of an insurance salesman, Roth earned a bachelor's degree at Buckle University and a master's degree in English from the University of Chicago.

"You can't invent out of nothing, or I can't certainly", he said in a 2011 documentary. "The relevant book about Trump's American forebear is Herman Melville's 'The Confidence-Man, ' the darkly pessimistic, daringly inventive novel-Melville's last-that could just as well have been called 'The Art of the Scam'". Surely he wasn't regretful: While living on Manhattan's Upper West Side, he spent his retirement reading voraciously (mostly nonfiction), going to concerts, and spending time with friends.

Roth had a long relationship with British actress Claire Bloom but their five-year marriage ended in divorce in 1995. I began to read in my second year. "In my life I have had, in total, a couple of months of these completely wonderful days as a writer, and that is enough". This would be one of his many influential works that was adapted into a film. "American Pastoral" was directed by and stars Ewan McGregor. "The person is a model who then develops into somebody", he said. She ultimately died five years later in a vehicle crash.

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