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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert Burdette Sweet  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1930 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Robert Burdette Sweet on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Robert Sweet was born and lived in Illinois until 1970 when he moved to San Jose State University as an associate professor of of English.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to his writing of stories, poems and plays, Robert was a High school teacher of English in Winnetka, Ill., Taught at Wright Junior College, Chicago, Ill., and was a member of faculty, at Kendall College, Evanston, Ill.,

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Memory of Fire, 8 Stories and a Play

East West Publishers. 1967

Dame America
ISBN: 0879290641

Barlenmir House. 1979

Book by Sweet, Robert Burdette

Writing Towards Wisdom: The Writer As Shaman
ISBN: 0923490019

Helios House. 1990

White Sambo: A Novel in Stories
ISBN: 1879194120

Glb Pub. 1993

Robert Sweet shows a virtuosic command of fictional techniques, but he is not showing off. His style is never merely an overlay, but always organic to the stories. And in this day when so many writers are specialists in the angst of their demographic group, Sweet manages to imbue his characters with human credibility and their situations with utterly recognisable tensions. And probably because of this, 'White Sambo' offers a more powerful and touching vision of gay life than one could find in more politicised accounts. Here, it is always the people who matter. For me this book was a find.

Dream That Flew
ISBN: 1401022847

Xlibris Corp. 2001

Journal from the Apocaplagues
ISBN: 1401063683

Xlibris Corp. 2002

The Mambo
ISBN: 0912852119

Echo Publishers. 1975

The King's Assassin
ISBN: 193420305X

GLB Publishers. 2007

Written as a translation of a young priest sent to India in the 17th Century to convert the Indians to Christianity. The priest resists but falls in love with the King.

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