Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Philip Roth interview: 'I don't want to be caged in by reality'

Philip Roth interview: 'I don't want to be caged in by reality'

He continued to write well into the 2000s before retiring in 2012.

Philip Roth, a league of American writer for whom John Updike and Saul Bellow were contemporaries, has died from congestive heart failure, reports Charles McGrath of the New York Times.

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".

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Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for 1997's 'American Pastoral,' which examined the impact of the 1960s on a New Jersey family. He was also the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Man Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, a pair of National Book Critics Circle awards, and two National Book Awards.

Roth, who was now living in Manhattan and CT at the time of his death, was arguably the most significant New Jersey-born novelist of the 20th Century and many of his works are considered American classics. He was the first three-time victor of the PEN/Faulkner Award, honored for "Operation Shylock" in 1994, "The Human Stain" in 2001 and "Everyman" in 2007. The son of an insurance salesman, Roth earned a bachelor's degree at Buckle University and a master's degree in English from the University of Chicago. Roth was the author of more than 25 books, and a giant in American literature. "The relevant book about Trump's American forebear is Herman Melville's 'The Confidence-Man, ' the darkly pessimistic, daringly inventive novel-Melville's last-that could just as well have been called 'The Art of the Scam'". He said at the time that he made the decision to step away from writing after rereading all his books. I would say just stop now.

Eight of Roth's novels have been adapted into films, including "Goodbye, Columbus" with Richard Benjamin and Ali McGraw; "Portnoy's Complaint"; "The Human Stain" with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman; "The Dying Animal", adapted as "Elegy"; "The Humbling" with Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig; and "Indignation" and "American Pastoral" both in 2016.

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"I don't want to read any more of it, write any more of it, and I don't even want to talk about it anymore ..." It's enough. I no longer feel this dedication to write what I have experienced my whole life'.

In contrast, Roth said that Trump is a con artist. He married Margaret Martinson Williams. "The person is a model who then develops into somebody", he said. He was eighty-five years old. A year later, she published a bruising memoir, 'Leaving a Doll's House, ' in which she portrayed him as depressed, remote, self-centered and verbally abusive.

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