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Prolific novelist Philip Roth, a dominant force in American literature throughout the latter half of the 20th century, has died, United States media said late Tuesday.

Roth's literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said that the author died in a New York City hospital of congestive heart failure.

Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for 'American Pastoral'.

"I think Philip was deeply shocked and dismayed by the way things were going after the election", admitted Bailey. I'm stunned and speechless. Roth also helped bring a wider readership to the acclaimed Israeli writer Aharon Appelfeld. His work evolved through several distinct phases, and often featured Roth's fictional alter egos, including his best-known character, Nathan Zuckerman.

Roth was born in Newark, N.J.in 1933 to first-generation parents and grew up in the Weequahic neighborhood, which would go on to provide the setting for his famous novel "Portnoy's Complaint".

He collected the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement in fiction in 2011, followed the next year by Spain's Prince of Asturias award for literature and in 2015, France presented Roth with the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honour, a laurel the author called "a wonderful surprise". "Every year we talked about it, it became amusing", Savigneau said Wednesday.

He added that Roth "has done more than anyone to further the literary exploration of the Holocaust, in his own writings, and by promoting great works and writers throughout the world".

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During his career Mr. Roth wrote more than 30 books, according to his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

"No one I know of has foreseen an America like the one we live in today", he said. It's enough. I no longer feel this dedication to write what I have experienced my whole life'.

Thurman said that after he stopped writing Roth spent his free time reading and swimming, and meeting friends.

"He was such a driven perfectionist, so when he felt his power ebbing, he wanted to quit at the top of his game, and he did", CNN quoted her as saying. Named as "the most un-Rothian" of his books by Charles McGrath at The New York Times, it reads as a "Theodore Dreiser- or Sherwood Anderson-like story set in the WASP Midwest in the 1940s". "No longer possessed mental vitality, or verbal energy or physical form necessary to build and maintain a long creative attack of any duration on a structure as complex and demanding as a novel".

A prolific writer, Roth penned more than two-dozen novels between 1959 and 2010, in addition to numerous short stories, essays and non-fiction pieces that appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, New York Times Book Review and many more publications.

His death left the literary world in mourning for a writer celebrated for exploring American themes, the Jewish experience and male sexuality, often with darkly comic humor, whose work was once extolled by Barack Obama.