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Novelist Philip Roth dies at 85

Obama places his hands on Roth's shoulders
President Obama awards the National Humanities Medal to Philip Roth. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Philip Roth, author of numerous novels on American identity — including "American Pastoral," which won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for fiction — has died at the age of 85.

Go deeper with the New Yorker's obituary.