How Philip Roth's Writing Transcended The Narrow Confines Of A Culture

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His work evolved through several distinct phases, and often featured Roth's fictional alter egos, including his best-known character, Nathan Zuckerman.

Roth's literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said the author died in a NY hospital of congestive heart failure. According to The Times's obituary, he "was the last of the great white males: the triumvirate of writers - Saul Bellow and John Updike were the others - who towered over American letters in the second half of the 20th century". "None of us came close", tweeted Michael Green, the producer and Oscar-nominated screenplay writer. The New Yorker magazine first reported the death of Roth, who won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his acclaimed novel "American Pastoral".

A prolific essayist, critic and novelist, the 1990s were the height of his productivity, exemplified by his widely admired trilogy - American Pastoral (1997), I Married A Communist (1998) and The Human Stain (2000). He won numerous awards, and was often talked about as a contender for the Nobel prize.

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Being snubbed for the Nobel every year had "become a joke" for the author, said his friend French writer Josyane Savigneau on Wednesday. The New York Times, citing a close friend, confirmed the death of the writer, who lived in New York and CT. If you've never read Mr. Roth's novels, here's a starter kit. "He was a truth teller", Roth's friend Judith Thurman, also a writer, said.

Roth said he was worn out in an interview this year with The New York Times.