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    Author Philip Roth Dies at 85

    The prolific author wrote dozens of books including Portnoy’s Complaint and American Pastoral, exploring themes of sexuality and Jewish-American life with a dark comic wit. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Roth set many of his stories in those middle-class environs. Although he never managed a Nobel Prize, he snagged National Book Awards, PEN/Faulkner Awards, a Pulitzer and Man Booker International Prize. In his 70s he wrote nearly a book a year but decided to quit in 2012. “The struggle with writing is done,” read a Post-it note on his computer.

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