The writing world has begun mourning the loss of award-winning satirist Philip Roth, the famed author of American Pastoral, who has died aged 85.
One notable name to pay tribute was David Simon, creator of The Wire, who has been working on a TV adaptation of Roth’s provocative novel The Plot Against America.
“Improbably, I had the honour of meeting Philip Roth just a few months ago to discuss an adaptation of Plot Against America,” Simon wrote on Twitter. “At 85, he was more precise and insightful, more intellectually adept and downright witty than most any person of any age. What a marvellous, rigorous mind.”
Former Monty Python member Eric Idle called Roth an “amazing novelist”, while author David Baddiel said of Roth on Twitter: “The last of those who David Foster Wallace called the Great Male Narcissists – Bellow, Updike, Mailer and him – to go. He was properly funny. Not high literature funny. Laugh out loud, stand-up funny. And all the other stuff he could do, but funny is the thing.”
Michael Green, the screenwriter behind Logan and Blade Runner 2049, tweeted: “We all wanted to be Philip Roth. None of us came close.”
Roth’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said the author died in a New York City hospital of congestive heart failure. He published over 25 books and was a fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of Portnoy’s Complaint to the elegiac lyricism of American Pastoral.