The novelist who is fond of writing about Jewish life died on Tuesday night at a hospital in New York.
Roth who died of congestive heart failure was surrounded by close friends and family. Visitors in his final days came from all walks of life, from writers and lifelong friends to people he helped and inspired along the way.
The Pulitzer, National Book Award and Man Booker International Prize-winning novelist was 85 years old.
Roth was one of America’s most prolific and controversial novelists, with a career that spanned decades and more than two dozen books. In addition to a Pulitzer for fiction writing, he won other top literary Honors ,including National Book Awards and PEN/Faulkner Awards which he won in 1994 for his book called operation Shylock and also in 2001 for The human stain and finally in 2007 for Everyman
Roth first success was when he wrote his short story collection, Goodbye Columbus, published in 1959 and some of His works included American Pastoral, I Married a Communist and Portnoy’s Complaint. Later in his life, Roth wrote a number of highly regarded historical novels, including his 1997 work American Pastoral, for which he won his Pulitzer.
“In his ’50s and ’60s when most novelists are in decline, he wrote a string of novels of the highest, enduring quality.”
In the year 2012, Roth announced that his most recent book, “Nemesis,” which was published two years earlier about a polio outbreak in New Jersey, would be his last. He made the decision after he reread all his books.”I decided that I was done with fiction, I don’t want to read any more of it, write any more of it, and I don’t even want to talk about it anymore. … I no longer feel this dedication to write what I have experienced my whole life” he said at the time.” After he stopped writing, he spent his free time reading, swimming and meeting friends.
Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 19, 1933. He briefly attended the Newark branch of Rutgers University before he transferred to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, to discover “the rest of America, He also earned his master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1955
After his graduation, he enlisted in the Army but was discharged after he suffered a back injury. He returned to his Chicago school, where he became an English instructor while he wrote fiction And a few years later, his first book was published.
Roth’s death comes just days after that of Tom Wolfe, another literary giant. Wolfe, an innovative journalist and author of masterpieces such as “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff.