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Philip Roth
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    (March 19, 1933-May 22, 2018)
    Resides in Connecticut
    Best known for his novel 'Portnoy's Complaint (1969)'
    Wrote 'Goodbye Columbus (1960),' 'Letting Go (1962),' 'When She Was Good (1967),' 'Our Gang (1971),' 'The Breast (1972),' 'My Life as a Man (1974),' 'The Ghost Writer (1979),' 'Zuckerman Unbound (1981),' 'The Anatomy Lesson (1983),' 'The Counterlife (1986),' 'The Facts (1988),' 'Deception (1990),' 'Patrimony (1991),' 'Operation Shylock (1993),' 'Sabbath's Theater (1995),' 'I Married a Communist (1998)' and 'The Dying Animal (2001)'
    Married to Claire Bloom (1990-1995)
    He is reportedly a cruel, self-absorbed control freak.
    He bases his characters on people from his real life, which some critics find inartistic (and mean).
    His books sometimes feature characters named 'Philip Roth.'
    Prudes find 'Portnoy's Complaint,' his novel about masturbation, to be pornographic.
    In one scene, the main character masturbates with a piece of raw liver.
    Another book features a character who transforms into a six-foot breast.
    His obsession with masturbation caused Jacqueline Susann to say: 'He's a fine writer, but I wouldn't want to shake hands with him.'
    He graduated from high school at sixteen.
    He is prolific.
    He isn't afraid to write frankly about sex.
    His books are both critically and commercially successful.
    He won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
    He had to have painful knee surgery.
    The painkiller he was prescribed caused his nervous breakdown.
    He has a huge fan following.

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