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    The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth

The Ghost Writer introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s, a budding writer infatuated with the Great Books, discovering the contradictory claims of literature and experience while an overnight guest in the secluded New England farmhouse of his idol, E.I. Lonoff.

Year: 1979
Genre: Literature

    Zuckerman Unbound by Philip Roth

In Zuckerman Unbound--the second volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound--the notorious novelist Nathan Zuckerman retreats from his oldest friends, breaks his marriage to a virtuous woman, and damages, perhaps irreparably, his affectionate connection to his younger brother...and all because of his great good fortune!

Year: 1981
Genre: Literature

    The Anatomy Lesson by Philip Roth

At forty, the writer Nathan Zuckerman comes down with a mysterious affliction--pure pain, beginning in his neck and shoulders, invading his torso, and taking possession of his spirit. Zuckerman, whose work was his life, is unable to write a line.

Year: 1983
Genre: Literature

    The Prague Orgy by Philip Roth

In quest of the unpublished manuscript of a martyred Yiddish writer, the American novelist Nathan Zuckerman travels to Soviet-occupied Prague in the mid-1970s. There, in a nation straightjacketed by totalitarian Communism, he discovers a literary predicament, marked by institutionalized oppression, that is rather different from his own.

Year: 1985
Genre: Literature

    The Counterlife by Philip Roth

The Counterlife is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irreversible destinies.

Year: 1986
Genre: Destiny

    American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Seymour "Swede" Levov - a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, the prosperous inheritor of his father's Newark glove factory - comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even the most private, well-intentioned citizens, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history.

Year: 1997
Genre: Family DramaHistoricalRealism

    I Married a Communist by Philip Roth

I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch-digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big-time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s.

Year: 1998
Genre: Historical

    The Human Stain by Philip Roth

It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

Year: 2000
Genre: Realism

    Exit Ghost by Philip Roth

Nathan Zuckerman returns to New York in the long-awaited final installment of Philip Roth's renowned Zuckerman series.

Year: 2007
Genre: Realism

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1979The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth Literature, Zuckerman
1981Zuckerman Unbound by Philip Roth Literature, Zuckerman
1983The Anatomy Lesson by Philip Roth Literature, Zuckerman
1985The Prague Orgy by Philip Roth Literature, Zuckerman, Prague
1986The Counterlife by Philip Roth Destiny, Zuckerman
1997American Pastoral by Philip Roth Family Drama, Historical, Realism, Zuckerman
1998I Married a Communist by Philip Roth Historical, Zuckerman
2000The Human Stain by Philip Roth Realism, Zuckerman
2007Exit Ghost by Philip Roth Realism, Zuckerman, New York City





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