Philip Roth's American Trilogy | Newberry

Philip Roth's American Trilogy

Led by Richard Reeder.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Six sessions. Tuesdays, October 12-November 16.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

We will read, discuss, and analyze three of Philip Roth’s novels: American Pastoral, I Married a Communist, and The Human Stain. Published between 1997 and 2000, the trilogy explores the complexity of the American character in ways that continue to resonate stingingly today, as our nation deals with difficult, and sometimes painful, moral and political challenges.

Six sessions. Registration – $230

Richard Reeder has been organizing and moderating literary events in Chicago for twelve years. He is also an author, whose new novella The Curious Odyssey of Rudolph Bloom will be published in February 2022.

Materials List


First Reading:

  • Please read pages 3-186 of American Pastoral before the first session.
Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.