“Biographer Blake Bailey shares the details of Philip Roth’s long struggle with coronary artery disease, and of his prolific — and profound — writing life”

The story behind Philip Roth’s final days
by Eric Cortellessa
May 25, 2018

Three weeks ago, Philip Roth was struck with an attack of arrhythmia, or improper beating of the heart, and he dialed 911. Paramedics arrived to his apartment in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and took him to New York Presbyterian Hospital. Doctors soon discovered that he had several blocked stents from a previous angioplasty, a procedure to repair obstructed arteries. They did another angioplasty to unblock those stents and thought he would recover and go home in a few weeks. Roth had suffered with heart problems for almost the entire second half of his life. READ MORE

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