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Philip Roth

1933 - 2018

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Philip Milton Roth (March 19, 1933 – May 22, 2018) was an American novelist and short story writer. Roth's fiction—often set in his birthplace of Newark, New Jersey—is known for its intensely autobiographical character, for philosophically and formally blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, for its "sensual, ingenious style" and for its provocative explorations of American identity. He first gained attention with the 1959 short story collection Goodbye, Columbus, which won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philip Roth has received more than 4,183,665 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Philip Roth is the 339th most popular writer (up from 385th in 2019), the 315th most popular biography from United States (up from 366th in 2019) and the 34th most popular American Writer.

Philip Roth is most famous for his novel Portnoy's Complaint, which is about a Jewish man who is sexually frustrated and has an obsession with his mother.

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Among writers, Philip Roth ranks 339 out of 5,755Before him are Pierre Beaumarchais, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, Louise Glück, Gerhart Hauptmann, Gao Xingjian, and Napoleon Hill. After him are Czesław Miłosz, Sayyid Qutb, Appian, Friedrich Schlegel, O. Henry, and Jorge Amado.

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Among people born in 1933, Philip Roth ranks 18Before him are Francisco Gento, Nina Simone, Amartya Sen, Claudio Abbado, Abolhassan Banisadr, and Tinto Brass. After him are Jalal Talabani, Susan Sontag, Just Fontaine, Lina Medina, Paul Biya, and Krzysztof Penderecki. Among people deceased in 2018, Philip Roth ranks 14Before him are Montserrat Caballé, Miloš Forman, Bernardo Bertolucci, Charles K. Kao, Amos Oz, and Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark. After him are John McCain, Paul Bocuse, Isao Takahata, Stephen Hillenburg, France Gall, and Burt Reynolds.

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Among people born in United States, Philip Roth ranks 315 out of 18,182Before him are Jean Seberg (1938), Louise Glück (1943), Emily Greene Balch (1867), Susan Sarandon (1946), Napoleon Hill (1883), and John Stith Pemberton (1831). After him are Buffalo Bill (1846), George S. Patton (1885), William Henry Harrison (1773), Jerry Brown (1938), Natalie Wood (1938), and Barbara McClintock (1902).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Philip Roth ranks 34Before him are Raymond Chandler (1888), Jack Kerouac (1922), Ezra Pound (1885), Arthur Miller (1915), Louise Glück (1943), and Napoleon Hill (1883). After him are O. Henry (1862), James Fenimore Cooper (1789), Truman Capote (1924), Susan Sontag (1933), Henry James (1843), and Dan Brown (1964).