American literary giant Philip Roth dies aged 85

Philip Roth

The president of the Philip Roth Society, Aimee Pozorski, once said of Roth, "From the very beginning of his career, he has been deeply invested in representing the lives and fates of Jewish youth".

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.

1997's American Pastoral won Roth his Pulitzer, and was adapted in 2016 to the big screen by Ewan McGregor, who played a father whose daughter becomes a terrorist in the 1960s. He also was a three-time recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award. "That epit makes no sense to me", he said.

Roth was born in Newark, N.J.in 1933 to first-generation parents and grew up in the Weequahic neighborhood, which would go on to provide the setting for his famous novel "Portnoy's Complaint".

Roth announced he was retiring from writing in 2012, though remained a figure of fascination to the media, who occasionally earned a few minutes with him for a profile, and New Yorkers who occasionally saw him out and about.

In his over 50 years in showbiz, he wrote more than 30 books and won countless awards for his novels.

Trump's tenure thrust back into the public eye Roth's 2004 novel that imagined Charles Lindbergh, an aviator with pro-Nazi leanings, defeating Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940.

The news was confirmed by Roth's agent Andrew Wylie.

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"There is a certain amount of poetic justice, an aesthetically satisfying irony, in Philip Roth's beginning his career with a brouhaha at Yeshiva University and ending it with an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary - an honor perhaps more significant than the Nobel Prize that eludes him", Michael Kramer, associate professor of literature at Israel's Bar-Ilan University, wrote in an email to JTA in 2014.

"I don't want to read any more of it, and I don't even want to talk about it anymore".

Roth, however, did not feel comfortable with his reiterated categorization as a Jewish-American writer.

Gunn shared a photo of the cover of Roth's book The Counterlife on Twitter, writing: "RIP Philip Roth".

In correspondence with The New Yorker past year, Roth drew parallels between Trump and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who features prominently in Roth's novel The Plot Against America as an isolationist president during the 1940s. In 2005, he became only the third living writer to have his books enshrined at the Library of America, he added.

Roth's personal life was dragged into the spotlight following his messy breakup with British actress Claire Bloom, who painted a grim picture of life with her ex-husband in her 1996 memoir "Leaving a Doll's House".

In one notorious incident, Roth was shaken by a hostile reception he received at a 1962 literary symposium at New York's Yeshiva University. "In my life I have had, in total, a couple of months of these completely wonderful days as a writer, and that is enough".

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