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Philip Roth wrote more than two dozen books over six decades. In his later years, he wrote several short novels about the physical indignities of aging. He told Terry Gross in 2006 that he intended to write for as long as he could: "You just drop dead at the computer, and they carry you away," he said. Roth is shown above in 2008. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Philip Roth: 'You Begin Every Book As An Amateur'

The influential novelist won almost every major literary award, but still found the writing process was full of discovery. "Each and every sentence is a revelation," he said. Roth died Tuesday at 85.

Philip Roth wrote more than two dozen books over six decades. In his later years, he wrote several short novels about the physical indignities of aging. He told Terry Gross in 2006 that he intended to write for as long as he could: "You just drop dead at the computer, and they carry you away," he said. Roth is shown above in 2008. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Philip Roth: 'You Begin Every Book As An Amateur'

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