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    Pulitzer-Winning Author Philip Roth Dies at 85

    “I did the best I could with what I had.” That was the author’s verdict after rereading his own oeuvre in 2014. Roth, who died last night of congestive heart failure, wrote dozens of books including Portnoy’s Complaint and American Pastoral, exploring themes of sexuality and Jewish-American life with a dark comic wit. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, and set many of his stories in those middle-class environs. Before retiring from writing in 2012, he won National Book Awards, a Pulitzer and a Man Booker International Prize.

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