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Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Philip Roth dies at 85

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Philip Roth dies at 85

As for being able to hear Philip in my noggin, the Rothian voice I'm most thankful to be able to call up - as I'm sure he'd want it to be - is that of his fiction, the Roth of the novels and stories, the voice that first forged a deep connection between us, a literary friendship in one world, that somehow crossed into another, breaking its bounds.

Roth won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his acclaimed novel American Pastoral.

Tributes poured in Wednesday honouring the late U.S. literary giant Philip Roth, whose prolific career as a novelist, essayist and critic chronicled the American experience in the 20th century. "The epithet American-Jewish writer has no meaning for me".

"I decided that I was done with fiction", he said, per CNN. He was also the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Man Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, a pair of National Book Critics Circle awards, and two National Book Awards.

In an email exchange with The New Yorker, Roth said Lindbergh was a pilot "who had displayed tremendous physical courage and aeronautical genius". RIP Mr Roth, and thank you for an fantastic body of work.

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. In the novel, Roosevelt loses a bid for a third term to Republican presidential candidate and world-famous aviator Charles Lindbergh. Rooted in Roth's Newark childhood, this fascistic takeover seemed utterly plausible in the wake of 9/11 and is ever more urgent in the era of Donald Trump. "Trump", he said "is a massive fraud, the evil sum of his deficiencies, devoid of everything but the hollow ideology of a megalomaniac".

Philip Roth dead The author was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama
GETTYPhilip Roth dead The author was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama

Philip Milton Roth was born on March 19, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, the grandson of European Jews who were part of the 19th-century wave of immigration to the United States.

Growing up in a middle-class home, his father was an insurance manager and his mother, a secretary turned homemaker. He earned his master's degree from the University of Chicago in 1955.

He published his debut collection of short stories, "Goodbye, Columbus", at the age of 26, a look at the materialist values of the immigrant milieu. Roth, a celebrated author who passed away on Tuesday, once penned some devastating analysis on President Trump, calling him a "callow and callous killer capitalist". "When the whole world doesn't believe in God, it'll be a great place". "He was, in my opinion, a very great writer and a very great man". "It's best, certainly in the early stages of a book, to abandon self-censorship".

Roth was the author of more than thirty books.

Readers have long argued over the true level of autobiography in Roth's novels and the character Nathan Zuckerman, whose passage from aspiring young writer to socially compromised literary celebrity Roth traced in five novels.

Roth once wrote that his novel was not meant to be a direct portrayal or a warning of current and future political times, but it has not prevented comparisons between the novel's plot and the current political climate in the US.

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