Philip Roth: Zuckerman Unbound (2593 words)

Dan O'Brien (University College Cork)
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Zuckerman Unbound (1981) is Philip Roth’s ninth full-length novel and the second instalment of his first Zuckerman trilogy, succeeding The Ghost Writer (1979) and preceding The Anatomy Lesson (1983). The Ghost Writer tracks the artistic maturation of the young novelist Nathan Zuckerman (a character whose biography parallels that of Roth) as he attempts to reconcile his creative independence with his ostensible Jewish obligations. The novel is set in the 1950s, at a time when the Jewish-American community was still reeling from the implications of the Holocaust. As such, Zuckerman’s unadorned presentation of Jewish life in his short fiction angers many prominent members of his community – including his …

Citation: O'Brien, Dan. "Zuckerman Unbound". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 January 2015 [, accessed 23 June 2021.]

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