The Graduate is a 1963 novel by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams College. It was adapted for a successful film of the same name directed by Mike Nichols. The book's creation serves as the centerpiece of the 2005 film Rumor Has It.
Webb has stated he never felt comfortable with the attention the movie brought him because he felt it distracted from his status as a serious artist. He did not receive any royalties from the film and has stated he is glad it happened that way .
A sequel entitled Home School, which takes place ten years after the ending of the first novel, was published by Hutchinson in June 2007.