Philip Roth is dead.
According to BBC, the Pulitzer, National Book Award and Man Booker International Prize-winning novelist, whose works drew its inspiration from Jewish family life, sex and American ideals, died last night, surrounded by lifelong friends who loved him.
Roth rose to fame in 1959 following the publication of his short story collection, Goodbye Columbus, and a decade later, he published yet another critically acclaimed work, Portnoy’s Complaint, which ‘catapulted him to notoriety, making him a celebrity in the US.’
Roth would go on to write other successful works, including the 1997 wok, American Pastoral, which earned him a Pulitzer, and before the end of his career in 2009, had published over 30 books.
Last night, he died at the age of 85.
See some of the tributes to him shared on Twitter.
Philip Roth died tonight, surrounded by lifelong friends who loved him dearly. A darling man and our greatest living writer. pic.twitter.com/v01QkXi7wD
— Blake Bailey (@BlakeBaileyOn) May 23, 2018
RIP Philip Roth. One of our greats. A very sad moment for American, and global, literature.
— Pamela Paul (@PamelaPaulNYT) May 23, 2018