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Robert Ludlum (1927–2001)

Author of The Bourne Identity

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About the Author

Robert Ludlum was born May 25, 1927 in New York City. He enlisted in the Marines at the age of eighteen and received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1951. He began acting professionally at the age of sixteen in the 1943 Broadway production of Junior Miss. He also had roles in summer stock and show more appeared in over 200 television dramas for such live programs as Studio One and Kraft Television Theater. He then tried producing with the 1956 Broadway production of The Owl and the Pussycat. He took the play, four years later, to his creation of Shopping-Center Theater at Playhouse-on-the-Mall in Paramus, New Jersey. His first novel, The Scarlatti Inheritance, was published in 1971. His other works include The Matlock Paper, The Chancellor Manuscript, The Bourne Identity, The Scorpio Illusion, The Matarese Countdown, and The Bancroft Strategy. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd. He died on March 12, 2001 at the age of 74. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Distinction: Eric Van Lustbader wrote in the Jason Bourne series after Ludlum's death, but these books should be credited to Lustbader rather than to Ludlum.


Works by Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Identity (1980) 9,901 copies
The Bourne Supremacy (1986) 6,525 copies
The Bourne Ultimatum (1990) — Author — 5,913 copies
The Matarese Circle (1979) 2,368 copies
The Icarus Agenda (1988) 2,329 copies
The Sigma Protocol (2001) 2,165 copies
The Janson Directive (2002) 2,065 copies
The Prometheus Deception (2000) 2,063 copies
The Parsifal Mosaic (1982) 2,031 copies
The Aquitaine Progression (1984) 2,008 copies
The Ambler Warning (2005) — Author — 1,923 copies
The Apocalypse Watch (1995) 1,793 copies
The Holcroft Covenant (1978) 1,683 copies
The Scorpio Illusion (1993) 1,675 copies
The Scarlatti Inheritance (1971) 1,606 copies
The Hades Factor (2000) 1,571 copies
The Road to Gandolfo (1975) 1,542 copies
The Chancellor Manuscript (1977) 1,513 copies
The Tristan Betrayal (2003) 1,460 copies
The Road to Omaha (1992) 1,440 copies
The Matarese Countdown (1997) 1,440 copies
The Rhinemann Exchange (1974) 1,419 copies
The Gemini Contenders (1976) 1,372 copies
The Osterman Weekend (1972) 1,369 copies
The Bancroft Strategy (2006) 1,359 copies
The Paris Option (2002) 1,258 copies
Trevayne (1973) 1,247 copies
The Cassandra Compact (2001) 1,222 copies
The Matlock Paper (1973) 1,217 copies
The Cry of the Halidon (1974) 1,183 copies
The Altman Code (2003) 1,120 copies
The Bourne Ultimatum [2007 film] (2007) — Author, original novel — 891 copies
The Bourne Trilogy (2003) 419 copies
The Patriot Attack (2014) 146 copies
The Osterman Weekend [1983 film] (1983) — Writer — 24 copies
The Bourne Identity [1988 TV miniseries] (1993) — Original book — 22 copies
Enigma Bourne (2016) 2 copies

Associated Works

Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Legacy (2005) — Series Creator — 2,282 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal (1980) — Series Creator — 1,651 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Deception (2009) — Series Creator — 1,206 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Lazarus Vendetta (2004) — Series Creator — 958 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective (2010) — Series Creator — 941 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Moscow Vector (2006) — Series Creator — 860 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event (2007) — Series Creator — 854 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Dominion (2011) — Series Creator — 762 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Imperative (2012) — Series Creator — 585 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Ares Decision (2011) — Series Creator — 403 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Ascendancy (2014) — Series Creator — 393 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Retribution (2013) — Series Creator — 392 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Janson Command (2012) — Series Creator — 323 copies
The Utopia Experiment (2007) — Series Creator — 312 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Janus Reprisal (2012) — Series Creator — 278 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Geneva Strategy (1600) — Series Creator — 163 copies
Robert Ludlum's The Treadstone Resurrection (2019) — Series Creator — 149 copies
The Robert Ludlum Companion (1993) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Rhinemann Exchange [1977 TV mini-series] (1977) — Novel — 11 copies
Reader's Digest 2004, Selected Books (4-in-1) (2004) — Contributor — 2 copies
Readers Digest Het Beste Boek 227: 2004 (4-in-1) — Contributor, some editions — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Ludlum, Robert
Other names
Ryder, Jonathan (pseudonym)
Shepherd, Michael (pseudonym)
Date of death
New York, New York, USA
Place of death
Naples, Florida, USA
Cause of death
heart attack
Places of residence
Leonia, New Jersey, USA
Naples, Florida, USA
Wesleyan University (BA|1951)
Cheshire Academy
The Rectory School
theatre director
Alpha Delta Phi
United States Marine Corps
Short biography
Robert Ludlum's parents were: George Hartford Ludlum (father) and Margaret (née Wadsworth) Ludlum (mother).
Disambiguation notice
Distinction: Eric Van Lustbader wrote in the Jason Bourne series after Ludlum's death, but these books should be credited to Lustbader rather than to Ludlum.



In my opinion, not one of Mr. Ludlum's best and not one of his worst novels. "The Gemini Contenders" The novel starts off in 1939 and follows the lives of the Fontini-Cristi family over the next several decades, as they navigate the mysteries of religious documents that, in the wrong hands, could endanger the faith of millions of Christians across the world. The plot is full of twists and turns, which keep the novel interesting. A bit graphic and violent at times. If you are a fan of World War II historical fiction and you haven't read this novel, you may wish to add it to your tbr list.… (more)
AndreaHelena | 11 other reviews | Feb 13, 2024 |
Great book but a completely different story from the movie. Slightly disappointed with the ending.
Barlycorn | 154 other reviews | Feb 11, 2024 |
I had read this decades ago and didn't remember a thing about it. Maybe I've outgrown Ludlum because I just really never got into this book. I found the last several chapters confusing as hell even though you 100% know the premise early on. Not bad, but not the way I remember Ludlum.
AliceAnna | 11 other reviews | Feb 4, 2024 |



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