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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author was 85.

He died of congestive heart failure in a NY hospital Tuesday while surrounded by friends and family. In a post, he wrote that the writer died "surrounded by lifelong friends who loved him deeply".

"He was an incredibly generous person". "Always very exigent, and he held you to a very high standard - and he held himself to an even higher standard".

"He was an exceptionally ambitious and comprehensive writer but also 'a dirty old man, '" Madelaine Levy, literature editor at the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, told AFP.

Two years after he published "Nemesis", about a 1944 polio epidemic, he stunned the literary world by announcing that he would no longer write fiction. He made the decision after he reread all his books.

Thurman said that after he stopped writing Roth spent his free time reading and swimming, and meeting friends.

Roth never failed to provoke. "Write that story.' It hadn't occurred to me".

"Goodbye, Columbus" (1969) RottenTomatoes: 100 percent; IMDb: 6.6 Roth's breakout 1959 book was also the first to win favor in Hollywood, with Richard Benjamin and Ali McGraw playing a young couple in a doomed romance despite their shared Jewish upbringing. "In my life I have had, in total, a couple of months of these completely wonderful days as a writer, and that is enough".

Roth acknowledged as much in an interview this year with The New York Times, saying he was "no longer in possession of the mental vitality or the physical fitness needed to mount and sustain a large creative attack of any duration".

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Roth described the protagonist as a "man possessed by unsafe sensations, nasty opinions, savage grievances, sinister feelings and ... stalked by the implacable presence of lust".

It was his third novel, "Portnoy's Complaint", that brought fame with its comic description of frenzied sexual angst facing a young middle-class NY man burdened with a domineering and possessive mother. The novels from Sabbath's Theater to The Human Stain is one of the most exhilarating, funny, moving, perceptive series of works I've ever read.

"It is easier to comprehend the election of an imaginary president like Charles Lindbergh than an actual president like Donald Trump", Roth wrote.

"Some wonder if his work will survive in the #MeToo era", said Berlinerblau, who's taught a class on the author.

Members of the Jewish community took to Twitter to eulogize the late novelist Philip Roth on Wednesday, saluting his career and the impact his books had on them.

"By 2010 I had a strong suspicion that I'd done my best work and anything more would be inferior", he told the Times in January.

Philip Milton Roth was born on March 19, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, the grandson of European Jews who were part of the 19th-century wave of immigration to the United States. He graduated from Bucknell College in Pennsylvania in 1954 and did graduate studies at the University of Chicago.

Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army but was discharged after he suffered a back injury.

Years ago, possibly the very early 1970s, I picked up Portnoy's Complaint on a second hand book stall at a Catholic church at a very young and impressionable age.