Philip Roth death: Tributes pour in for ‘truly great American writer

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, sex and American ideals. His works included American Pastoral, I Married a Communist and Portnoy's Complaint. The New York Times reported that a close friend of Roth's said he had died of congestive heart failure. Roth first found success with his short story collection, Goodbye Columbus, published in 1959. A decade later his sexually explicit novel Portnoy's Complaint catapulted him to notoriety, making him a celebrity in the US.
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