Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Philip Roth died from congestive heart failure on Tuesday in a Manhattan hospital, according to The New York Times.
He referred to Philip - who is behind books The Ghost Writer, The Plot Against America and The Humbling - as the "greatest living writer" in a touching message.
"Roth's coarsest, frankest, and most exhilarating novel, Sabbath's Theater shows off Roth's linguistic verve, his brilliant characterisation, and his unparalleled ability to stare unblinkingly into the psyche of a depraved scoundrel", says Read It Forward, a website dedicated to all things literary.
The collection was an enormous commercial and critical success and won Roth the 1960 US National Book Award for Fiction.
The 1969 novel "Portnoy's Complaint" rocketed him to fame for its raunchy, hilarious depiction of a teenage boy's lustful urges and ensuing guilt.
Author Philip Roth poses in New York, Sept. 15, 2010. He was the first three-time victor of the PEN/Faulkner Award, honored for "Operation Shylock" in 1994, "The Human Stain" in 2001 and "Everyman" in 2007.
Roth was born March 19, 1933 in Newark, and was raised in the city's Weequahic neighborhood, wedged between Routes 78 and 22.
Roth went on to further eviscerate Trump, who he called "humanly impoverished" compared to other former presidents. Zuckerman's resemblance to the author prompted some speculation that these books were semi-autobiographical, though Roth swatted away those assertions when asked.
He graduated from Bucknell and pursued a master's degree from the University of Chicago graduating in 1955.
Roth was married twice, first to Margaret Martinson Williams, from whom he divorced in 1963, and then to stage actress Claire Bloom.
RottenTomatoes: 42 percent; IMDb: 6.3 Anthony Hopkins plays a disgraced college dean with a secret past who romances a younger woman (Nicole Kidman) with her own mysterious history in an adaptation of Roth's 2000 novel. Bellow, a fellow North American Jew, and Roth in particular had a close friendship, recorded in letters written over the course of decades.
"I have many favorite books by Roth, but this is one of them".
Roth said the act of writing for him is "filled with fear and loneliness and anxiety".
Roth acknowledged as much in an interview this year with The New York Times, saying he was "no longer in possession of the mental vitality or the physical fitness needed to mount and sustain a large creative attack of any duration".