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Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life, and America, Dies at 85

According to fellow writer and friend Judith Thurman, Philip Roth (author of American Pastoral, The Human Stain, I Married a Communist, Everyman, and many more) died of congestive heart failure on Tuesday night at a hospital in Manhattan. He was 85.

The New York Times calls him "the last of the great white males," who explored what it meant to be a Jewish-American man and "was tireless in his exploration of male sexuality." For example, he wrote about a teenager having sex with both his baseball mitt and the family dinner as well as a professor who transforms into a super-sensitive 155-pound breast.

He won two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and the Man Booker International Prize.

Roth once said of his work: “Updike and Bellow hold their flashlights out into the world, reveal the world as it is now. I dig a hole and shine my flashlight into the hole.”

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Check out the NYT article for a lot more info.
Tags: books / authors, death

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