Legendary novelist and fearless narrator of sex Philip Roth, whose novel American Pastoral won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1998, has died at the age of 85, friends close to him has confirmed.
As for his cause of death, his literary agent, Andrew Wylie said Philip died of congestive heart failure on Tuesday night.
He was one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation, with dozens of novels under his belt, as well as a large body of essays and criticism.
Portnoy’s Complaint and The Human Stain are the late author's famous books.
In his last interview before retiring from public life in 2014, Philip quoted one of his own characters in order to explain his dedication to the craft of writing.
Philip was an atheist who swore allegiance to earthly imaginations, whether when it comes to devising pornographic functions for indulging romantic fantasies about Anne Frank.
Though identified with the East Coast, Roth was schooled in part in Hyde Park. He received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1955.
He told BBC at the time,
I believe that we should read only those books that bite and sting us. If a book we’re reading does not rouse us with a blow to the head, then why read it. I’ll do my best to stay alive ’til 2020, but don’t push me.
I’ll do my best to stay alive ’til 2020, but don’t push me.
Rest in Peace Philip Roth!