Philip Roth

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Birthday
19, 1933
Birthplace
New Jersey
Death Date
May 22, 2018 (85)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
19, 1933
Birthplace
New Jersey
Death Date
May 22, 2018 (85)

About

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author known for works such as Goodbye, Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint, American Pastoral, and The Human Stain. In 2001, he became the first ever recipient of the Franz Kafka Prize.

Before Fame

He graduated from Bucknell University and subsequently earned a Master's degree in English literature from the University of Chicago. He published his debut novella, Goodbye, Columbus, in 1959.

Trivia

His 1997 novel American Pastoral won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Family Life

He had two brief marriages. His first, to Margaret Martinson Williams, lasted from 1959-1963; his second, to Claire Bloom, spanned the first four years of the 1990s.

Associated With

He was inspired to write after meeting Saul Bellow in 1956.