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    DescriptionFor the last half century, the novels of Philip Roth have re-energized American fiction and redefined its possibilities, leading the critic Harold Bloom to proclaim Roth "our foremost novelist since Faulkner." Roth's comic genius, his imaginative daring, his courage in exploring uncomfortable truths, and his assault on political, cultural, and sexual orthodoxies have made him one of the essential writers of our time. By special arrangement with the author, The Library of America continues the definitive edition of Roth's collected works. This fourth volume presents the trilogy and epilogue that constitute "Zuckerman Bound" (1985), Roth's wholly original investigation into the unforeseen consequences of art-mainly in libertarian America and then, by contrast, in Soviet-suppressed Eastern Europe-during the latter half of the twentieth century. "The Ghost Writer" (1979) 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 literary idol, E. I. Lonoff. "Zuckerman Unbound" (1981) finds him far from Lonoff's domain-the scene is Manhattan as the sensationalizing 1960s are coming to an end. Zuckerman, in his mid-thirties, is suffering the immediate aftershock of literary celebrity. The high-minded prot?g? of E. I. Lonoff has become a notorious superstar. "The Anatomy Lesson" (1984) takes place largely in the hospital isolation ward that Zuckerman has made of his Upper East Side apartment. It is Watergate time, 1973, and to Zuckerman the only other American who seems to be in as much trouble as himself is Richard Nixon. Zuckerman, at forty, is beset with crippling and unexplained physical pain; he wonders if the cause might not be his own inflammatory work. In "The Prague Orgy" (1985), entries from Zuckerman's notebooks describing his 1976 sojourn among the outcast artists of Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia reveal the major theme of Zuckerman Bound from a new perspective that provides the stinging conclusion to this richly ironic and intricately designed magnum opus. As an added feature, this volume publishes for the first time Roth's unproduced television screenplay for "The Prague Orgy," featuring new characters and scenes that do not appear in the novella.


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    Title
    Philip Roth
    Subtitle
    Zuckerman Bound: A Trilogy and Epilogue 1979-1985
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Philip Roth, Edited by Ross Miller
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 645
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781598530117
    ISBN 10: 1598530119
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    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T Book Type: FI
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    B&T General Subject: 500
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    DC22: 813/.54
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1980, CHRN/1970
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
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    LC classification: PS3568.O855 A6 2007
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Publisher
    Library of America
    Imprint name
    Library of America
    Publication date
    20 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Philip Roth, acclaimed author of Portnoy's Complaint, The Human Stain and many other works of fiction, is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts from the White House.