Roth would later focus more deeply on Jewish life, mortality, and American history, often setting his novels in Newark, New Jersey, where Roth grew up.
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.
The 1969 novel "Portnoy's Complaint" rocketed him to fame for its raunchy, hilarious depiction of a teenage boy's lustful urges and ensuing guilt. The New York Times confirmed the news, citing the author's close friend Judith Thurman.
The New Jersey-born novelist won a host of literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, two National Book Awards and two National Book Critics Circle awards, and possessed "brilliant comic gifts buttressed by a first-class mind", says The Spectator.
The author of more than 25 books, Roth was an uncompromising realist and satirist, confronting readers in a bold, direct style that scorned false sentiment or hopes for heavenly reward.
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In 2010, he was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. His first novel, Letting Go, was published in 1962. He graduated from Weequahic High School in 1951 before receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bucknell University. Roth's work was often defined by its semi-autobiographical themes - most pointedly his exploration of what it meant to be a post-war Jew living in America, which often intersected with his memories of Newark - as well as his blade-like and often dark wit, labyrinthian prose and exceedingly rich characters.
Roth had a long relationship with British actress Claire Bloom but their five-year marriage ended in divorce in 1995.
'I decided that I was done with fiction, ' he said at the time.
In correspondence with The New Yorker a year ago, Roth drew parallels between Trump and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who features prominently in Roth's novel The Plot Against America as an isolationist president during the 1940s. I began to read in my second year.
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.
He first Wednesday Margaret Martinson Williams in 1959 but the couple divorced four years later. "The person is a model who then develops into somebody", he said.