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.
His death was confirmed by his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who said Roth died Tuesday (May 22) 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 U.S.
In later life he wrote a number of highly regarded historical novels, including his 1997 work American Pastoral, for which he won his Pulitzer.
He wrote prolifically over the course of his career, publishing more than 30 books before ending his fiction career in 2009.
When Roth won the 2011 Man Booker International, Chairman of the judges Rick Gekoski said: "His career is remarkable in that he starts at such a high level, and keeps getting better.
"In his 50s and 60s, when most novelists are in decline, he wrote a string of novels of the highest, enduring quality."
- Source: News agencies