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Philip Roth - the most decorated living American writer

03 June 2011

Philip Roth is a literary giant and one of the world's most prolific, celebrated - and controversial - writers. When asked to name a living American who inspired him, Bruce Springsteen chose Roth, commenting, ‘....making work that is so strong, so full of revelations about love and emotional pain, that's the way to live your artistic life. Sustain, sustain, sustain.'

Born in March 1933 in New Jersey, Roth is best known for his 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint, and for his late-1990s trilogy comprising the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Pastoral (1997),
I Married a Communist (1998), and The Human Stain (2000).

Roth is the most decorated living American writer. He won the National Book Award at 26 for his first book, Goodbye, Columbus in 1960, and in 1995 for Sabbath's Theater. He has won two National Book Critics Circle awards, for The Counterlife in 1987 and Patrimony: A True Story in 1991, and three PEN/Faulkner awards for Operation Shylock in 1994, The Human Stain in 2001 and Everyman in 2007. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1998 for his novel, American Pastoral. In 2001 he was awarded the gold medal for fiction by The American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent awards include the PEN/Nabokov Award in 2006, and in 2007 he became the first recipient of the Pen/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

Philip Roth lives in Connecticut, USA. His most recent book, Nemesis, was published in 2010.

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