American Pastoral novelist Philip Roth dies aged 85

All 7 Philip Roth Movies Ranked, From 'American Pastoral' to 'Goodbye, Columbus' (Photos)

Prolific novelist Philip Roth, a dominant force in American literature throughout the latter half of the 20th century, has died, United States media said late Tuesday.

"He was an incredibly generous person".

"Roth recounts that years later, his father, a successful insurance salesman, told him: "'You know what happened when we got in the taxi cab?' 'What, ' I said. "He was, in my opinion, a very great writer and a very great man".

Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1933, Mr Roth was considered by many as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. In addition to a Pulitzer for fiction writing, he won other top literary honors, including National Book Awards and PEN/Faulkner Awards.

Notes the Los Angeles Times" obituary, "Roth's first book, "Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories, ' came out in 1959, propelling him to national prominence and the first of his two National Book Awards".

Roth wrote on the themes of "the Jewish family, sex, American ideals, the betrayal of American ideals, political zealotry, personal identity", and "the human body [usually male] in its strength, its frailty, and its often ridiculous need", the report said quoting a 2006 article by Claudia Roth Pierpont.

"I decided that I was done with fiction", he said at the time.

He wrote prolifically over the course of his career, publishing more than 30 books before ending his fiction career in 2009. Charles Lindbergh, in life as in my novel, may have been a genuine racist and an anti-Semite and a white supremacist sympathetic to Fascism, but he was also - because of the extraordinary feat of his solo trans-Atlantic flight at the age of 25 - an authentic American hero 13 years before I have him winning the presidency.

After he stopped writing, he spent his free time reading, swimming and meeting friends.

Roth never failed to provoke. A group of influential rabbis also denounced his first book, "Goodbye Columbus".

Roth's best-known work, Portnoy's Complaint, is a humorous and sexually explicit psychoanalytical monologue of "a lust-ridden, mother-addicted young Jewish bachelor".

"Updike and Bellow hold their flashlights out into the world, reveal the world as it is now", Roth once said, according to The New York Times.

"Rereading "Portnoy's Complaint" 45 years on, I am shocked and pleased: shocked that I could have been so reckless, pleased that I was so reckless", he wrote.

Jacques Berlinerblau, a professor and director of the Jewish civilization program at Georgetown University in Washington, described the author's voice as authentic and unusual.

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. 'Sabbath's Theater, ' " Berlinerblau said.

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

Author Philip Roth poses in New York, Sept. 15, 2010.

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