Finally tonight, we remember the prolific writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Philip Roth.
Roth, in his books, poked fun at the wrath he incurred from some in the Jewish community.
Two novels followed, but it was the third - "Portnoy's Complaint" - that brought fame with its comic description of the sexual problems facing a young middle-class Jewish New Yorker burdened with a domineering and possessive mother.
"He was the writer of the second half of the 20th century in English", said Ross Miller, who edited the definitive collection of Mr. Roth's work for the Library of America.
The decorated author won most top literary honours, but the coveted Nobel Literature Prize eluded him. But for Roth the American experience and the Jewish experience were often the same. Roth was frequently identified as being a writer interested in Jewish identity, as well as lust, the American Dream and male anxiety. "That epit makes no sense to me", he said.
Philip Milton Roth was born March 19, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, the grandson of European Jews who were part of the 19th Century wave of immigration to the United States. His mother was a homemaker and his father was an insurance manager at Metropolitan Life. He later went to the University of Chicago, where he was awarded an MA in 1955.
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Roth's first published book was the 1959 novella and short-story collection "Goodbye, Columbus, ' which won the National Book Award". Recalling being shouted at by hostile students after the event, Roth vowed to "never write about Jews again" - a promise, of course, that he did not keep. That, however, did not last: "My humiliation before the Yeshiva belligerents-indeed, the angry Jewish resistance that I aroused virtually from the start-was the luckiest break I could have had", he said.
Other works adapted into film include "Goodbye, Columbus", starring Richard Benjamin and Ali McGraw, "Potnoy's Complaint", starring Benjamin and Karen Black, "The Human Stain" with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman, "The Dying Animal, ' adapted as "Elegy"; starring Penélope Cruz and Ben Kingsley and 'The Humbling" with Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig. Critic Irving Howe wrote rather unsparingly of the work in 1972: "The cruelest thing anyone can do with Portnoy's Complaint is read it twice".
Some decades and several books later-along with tremendous amounts of acclaim-Roth decided in 2010 (right after the publication of Nemesis) that he wanted to stop working.
Roth announced his retirement four years before Trump was elected president, but for many on the left his 2004 novel was a prescient warning of what has befallen the most powerful democracy on Earth. "The struggle with writing is done", said a note he taped to his computer.
The novelist struck a similar tone in an interview with The New York Times in January, calling Trump "a massive fraud, the evil sum of his deficiencies" and "devoid of everything but the hollow ideology of a megalomaniac".