ONLINE CLASS: Philip Roth: Three (Slightly) Hidden Gems by a Writer's Writer (2259)

Three Bi-Weekly Wednesdays: May 4, 18, June 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. ET Online

$110 Per Person (10% off for members)

Lecture and Discussion Based

Philip Roth, titan of American Letters, is probably best known for classics like Goodbye, Columbus, the controversial Portnoy's Complaint, his Pulitzer-winning American Pastoral, or the bestselling Plot Against America. Yet from a writer's point of view, some of his most intriguing and accomplished work lies a bit more under the radar. In this three-session course, we'll read three masterpieces by Roth that perhaps are less widely known yet no less brilliant. We'll start with the important transitional work The Professor of Desire, in which Roth seems to be working out on the page how to move from Portnoy-provocateur to the more sensitive portrayals of women and family in his later work. Next, we'll visit The Ghost Writer, an audacious blend of style and emotion, featuring an imagined affair with none other than Anne Frank. Finally, we'll tackle one of Roth's most ambitious experiments, The Counterlife, a book that twists and turns in ways that few writers would dare--or could pull off. Three Bi-Weekly Wednesdays: May 4, 18, June 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. ET Online

Reading Schedule:

Please read The Professor of Desire for the first class.

May 4; The Professor of Desire, by Philip Roth
May 18: The Ghost Writer, by Philip Roth
June 1: The Counterlife, by Philip Roth

Required Books:

The Professor of Desire, 9780679749004

The Ghost Writer, 9780679748984

The Counterlife, 9780679749042

Aaron Hamburger is the author of a story collection titled THE VIEW FROM STALIN’S HEAD which was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and nominated for a Violet Quill Award. He has also written three novels: FAITH FOR BEGINNERS, nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, NIRVANA IS HERE, winner of a Bronze Medal from the 2019 Foreword Reviews Indies Book Awards, and HOTEL CUBA, due out from Harper Perennial in 2023. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, Tin House, Michigan Quarterly Review, Subtropics, Crazyhorse, Boulevard, Poets & Writers, Tablet, O, the Oprah Magazine, Out, The Massachusetts Review, The Bennington Review, Nerve, Time Out, Details, and The Forward. He has also won fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation as well as first prize in the Dornstein Contest for Young Jewish Writers, and his short fiction and creative non-fiction have received special mentions in the Pushcart Prizes.He has taught creative writing at Columbia University, the George Washington University, New York University, Brooklyn College, and the Stonecoast MFA Program.

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The Professor of Desire (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679749004
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Published: Vintage - March 15th, 1994

The Ghost Writer (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679748984
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Published: Vintage - August 1st, 1995

The Counterlife (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679749042
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Published: Vintage - August 6th, 1996