>> American novelist, Phillip Roth, has died at the age of 85. Roth's agent said that he died of congestive heart failure in New York City in Tuesday night. Roth
re than 30 books in a career spanning more than 50 years, including Port Noise Complaint and the Memoir Patrimony.
He received both praise and criticism for his portrayal of Jewish American experience. In 2010, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by then President Barack Obama. His 2004 novel, The Plot Against America, explored what would have happened if Charles Lindbergh, who had anti-Semitic opinions, defeated Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 election and signed a peace accord with Adolf Hitler.
Critics of Roth's works said that he was a self hating Jew who played on negative stereotypes or cast Jews in a bad light. Despite that, Roth won numerous awards for his work. In 1997, Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral, which examined the impact of the 1960s on a New Jersey family.
In his later years, Roth turned to the existential sexual crisis of middle age. He also taught Comparative Literature in universities until he retired in 1992. In an interview published by The New York Times, Book Review, Roth said he reread all his work to see whether he wasted his own time.
And concluded by quoting 1930s and 40s heavyweight boxing champion, Joe Louis, in saying, quote, I did the best I could with what I had.