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The Wall Street Journal: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Philip Roth dies at 85

Philip Roth, whose raucous, playful, elegant and often outrageous novels about Jewish life and sex and death and betrayal made him one of the country’s greatest novelists, has died at age 85.

The Associated Press, citing Roth’s literary agent, confirmed he had died.

Roth was born in Newark, N.J. The aging industrial city featured in many of his works, dating back to his first published book, 1959’s “Goodbye, Columbus,” a novella and five short stories that won the National Book Award for fiction the following year.

“He was the writer of the second half of the 20th century in English.”

Ross Miller, editor of Roth’s work for the Library of America

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