Philip Roth (1933-2018)

In a January 2017 interview with The New Yorker, Roth described Trump as "just a con artist" while comparing him with the leading character Charles Lindbergh in his 2004 novel "The Plot Against America".

Tributes poured in Wednesday honouring the late U.S. literary giant Philip Roth, whose prolific career as a novelist, essayist and critic chronicled the American experience in the 20th century.

Roth was born in Newark, N.J.in 1933 to first-generation parents and grew up in the Weequahic neighborhood, which would go on to provide the setting for his famous novel "Portnoy's Complaint".

Roth, the author of groundbreaking works such as "Portnoy's Complaint", "Goodbye Columbus" and "The Human Stain", died of congestive heart failure, said friend and fellow writer Judith Thurman.

He won numerous United States literary prizes including two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, three PEN/Faulkner awards, and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, but the Nobel Prize evaded him.

The decorated author won most top literary honours, but the coveted Nobel Literature Prize eluded him. In 2005, he became only the third living writer to have his books enshrined at the Library of America, he added.

Novelist Philip Roth was presented with the National Humanities Medal in 2011.

His work often blurred the lines between lived and imagined experience, with characters sometimes named after the author or those close to him and alter-ego narrators, like Nathan Zuckerman, reappearing across his many novels.


In this March 24, 1960 file photo, the three winners of the National Book Award, Robert Lowell, from left, awarded for the most distinguished book of poetry, Richard Ellmann, victor in the non-fiction category, and Philip Roth, recipient of the award in the fiction category for his book 'Goodbye, Columbus, ' pose at the Astor Hotel in New York City.

The collection was an enormous commercial and critical success and won Roth the 1960 US National Book Award for Fiction.

'I decided that I was done with fiction, ' he said at the time.

Philip announced in 2012 that Nemesis would be his last novel. He said at the time that he made the decision to step away from writing after rereading all his books.

Other works adapted into film include "Goodbye, Columbus", starring Richard Benjamin and Ali McGraw, "Potnoy's Complaint", starring Benjamin and Karen Black, "The Human Stain" with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman, "The Dying Animal, ' adapted as "Elegy"; starring Penélope Cruz and Ben Kingsley and 'The Humbling" with Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig.

RottenTomatoes: 22 percent; IMDb: 6.1 Ewan McGregor directs and stars in this adaptation of the 1997 novel about a successful Jewish American businessman whose daughter becomes an anti-Vietnam revolutionary. He married Margaret Martinson Williams.

She said: "He was an incredibly generous person".

The second in his set of "apprentice work", When She Was Good, which followed his debut by five years, was published in 1967.

  • Gwendolyn Kim