American Author Philip Roth dies aged 85:
One of the great American authors, Philip Roth, has died aged 85.
The Pulitzer, National Book Award and Man Booker International Prize-winning novelist’s work drew its inspiration from Jewish family life, s*x, and American ideals.
His works included American Pastoral, I Married a Communist and The Human Stain.
The New York Times affirmed Mr. Roth’s death through a close friend, and called him a “towering novelist”.
Mr. Roth first found success with his short story collection, Goodbye Columbus, published in 1959.
A decade after his sexually explicit novel Portnoy’s Complaint catapulted him to notoriety, which makes him a star in the US.
In later life, he wrote a number of highly-regarded historical novels, including his 1997 work American Pastoral, for which he won his Pulitzer.
He wrote prolifically over the course of his career, publishing over 30 novels before ending his fiction career in 2009.
In 2014 he told the BBC he would make no more public appearances: “I can guarantee you that this is my last appearance ever on television… absolutely [my] last appearance on any stage anywhere.”