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Philip Roth, prize-winning novelist, dead at 85

NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortality, has died at 85, according to his literary agent.
Roth first gained attention with the 1959 novella Goodbye, Columbus, an irreverent and humorous portrait of American Jewish life for which he received the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction, according to Wikipedia.
His profile rose significantly in 1969 after the publication of Portnoy’s Complaint, the humorous and sexually explicit psychoanalytical monologue of “a lust-ridden, mother-addicted young Jewish bachelor,” filled with “intimate, shameful detail, and coarse, abusive language.”.
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