Robert Littell (author)

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Robert Littell (born January 8, 1935) is an American novelist and journalist who resides in France.[1] He specializes in spy novels that often concern the CIA and the Soviet Union.

Littell was born in Brooklyn, New York, and is a 1956 graduate of Alfred University in western New York. He spent four years in the U.S. Navy and served at times as his ship's navigator, antisubmarine warfare officer, communications officer, and deck watch officer.

Later Littell became a journalist and worked many years for Newsweek during the Cold War (its foreign correspondent from 1965 to 1970).

Littell is an amateur mountain climber and is the father of award-winning novelist Jonathan Littell.



  • The Defection of A. J. Lewinter (1973)
  • Sweet Reason (1974)
  • The October Circle (1975)
  • Mother Russia (1978)
  • The Debriefing (1979)
  • The Amateur (1981)
  • The Sisters (1986)
  • The Revolutionist (1988)
  • The Once and Future Spy (1990)
  • An Agent in Place (1991)
  • The Visiting Professor (1994)
  • Walking Back the Cat (1997)
  • The Company (2002)
  • Legends (2005)
  • Vicious Circle (2006)
  • The Stalin Epigram (2009)
  • Young Philby (2012)
  • A Nasty Piece of Work (2013)






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