Philip Roth, the prolific, protean, and often blackly comic novelist who was a pre-eminent figure in 20th-century literature, died on Tuesday night at a hospital in Manhattan.
He was 85.
- Charles McGrath
- The New York Times
The cause was congestive heart failure, said the writer Judith Thurman, a close friend.
Mr. Roth had homes in Manhattan and Connecticut.
He was a…