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of American literature has died. Philip Roth shocked the world with
"Portnoy's Complaint" in 1969. And during his career, he won pretty much
every literary award - the Pulitzer, the National Book Award twice, the
International Man Booker, every award except the Nobel. Roth used his
hometown of Newark, N.J., and his Jewish heritage as fodder for his novels.
But his ideas and themes transcend the narrow confines of any one culture.
NPR's Lynn Neary has this remembrance. LYNN NEARY, BYLINE: Philip Roth was a
hero to the writer Nathan Englander, and no one was more surprised than
Englander when Roth became not just a mentor but a friend. NATHAN ENGLANDER:
He was really loving and teasy (ph) and avuncular and supportive. NEARY:
Englander often tells the story of finding "Portnoy's Complaint" as a
teenager. It was hidden by some other books in his mother's nightstand. He
had never heard of the book or the author,