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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Philip Roth dies at 85

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One of the great American authors, Philip Roth, has died aged 85.

Roth died of congestive heart failure surrounded by close friends and family, his friend Judith Thurman said. Visitors in his final days came from all walks of life, from writers and lifelong friends to people he helped and inspired along the way.

The Pulitzer, National Book Award and Man Booker International Prize-winning novelist’s work drew its inspiration from Jewish family life, sex and American ideals.

Roth’s  first found success with his short story collection, Goodbye Columbus was published in 1959.

A decade later his sexually explicit novel Portnoy’s Complaint catapulted him to notoriety, making him a celebrity in the US.

His works included American Pastoral, I Married a Communist and Portnoy’s Complaint.

In later life, he wrote a number of highly regarded historical novels, including his 1997 work American Pastoral, for which he won his Pulitzer.

He wrote prolifically over the course of his career, publishing more than 30 books before ending his fiction career in 2009.

When Roth won the 2011 Man Booker International, chairman of the judges Rick Gekoski said: “His career is remarkable in that he starts at such a high level, and keeps getting better.

“In his 50s and 60s, when most novelists are in decline, he wrote a string of novels of the highest, enduring quality.”

He also recognised that Roth’s win divided the Man Booker International panel, and had caused one judge to quit in protest.

 

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Amazon Studios is betting big on its Lord of the Rings prequel series

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Amazon issued a press release in November 2017 confirming the acquisition of global television rights for The Lord of The Rings and its intent to produce a prequel series with a multiseason commitment. The series is reported to “explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring,” and the deal also includes rights for a potential spinoff series. (There’s been no official word as to whether it will also predate the events of The Hobbit, too.) Here’s everything we know about the show so far.

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American pop star R. Kelly could face 6 years in prison.

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The American famous pop singer R. Kelly had re-stated that he didn’t harass anyone following to the allegation of sexual abuse level against him.



When speaking in an interview, he angrily urged everyone not to believe in the allegation but stated that ”They’re going back to the past and they’re trying to add all of this stuff now to that, to make all of the stuff that’s going on now feel real to people”.

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However, he has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, involving four alleged victims, three of whom were minors,Chicago prosecutors says.

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If convicted, he faces three to seven years in prison for each crime.

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