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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert Hellenga  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


-- Website -- http://www.roberthellenga.com
-- Robert Hellenga on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=robert+hellenga


Illinois Connection

Robert Hellenga lives in Galesburg, Illinois and teaches at Knox College.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hellenga was educated at the University of Michigan and Princeton University. He has been a professor of English literature at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, since 1968. He started writing fiction at Knox and published his first story in 1973 and his first novel (after 39 rejections) in 1994.


Awards

Society of Midland Author`s Award for Fiction in 1995. Illinois Art`s Council and PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. ''Snakewoman'' was included in The Washington Post list of best books of 2010 and the Kirkus Reviews list of top 25 novels of 2010.

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Blues lessons :
ISBN: 0743225465. OCLC Number: 51308465

Scribner,. .

"Growing up on his family's orchards in Appleton, Michigan, in the 1950s, Martin Dijksterhuis finds everything he needs in his extended family and in the land itself - in the reassuring routines of growing and harvesting, spraying and pruning. Although his mother wants him to get out of Appleton, which she finds impossibly provincial, and attend a great university - the University of Chicago, her alma mater - he has no desire to leave."

Philosophy made simple :
ISBN: 0316058262. OCLC Number: 59360267

Little, Brown,. .

Widower Rudy Harrington, a father of three grown daughters, leaves his Chicago home for a new life at an avocado grove in Texas, where he takes up philosophy, presides over his daughter's Hindu wedding, and falls for his son-in-law's mother.

Philosophy made simple :
ISBN: 9780316168229. OCLC Number: 880878236

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Widower Rudy Harrington, a father of three grown daughters, leaves his Chicago home for a new life at an avocado grove in Texas, where he takes up philosophy, presides over his daughter's Hindu wedding, and falls for his son-in-law's mother.

Sixteen pleasures /
ISBN: 0340618191. OCLC Number: 60232282

Sceptre,. .

Snakewoman of Little Egypt :
ISBN: 1608193225. OCLC Number: 859184232

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A middle-aged anthropology professor contemplating his future becomes romantically involved with a woman released from jail after shooting her husband, the pastor of a snake-handling church.

Snakewoman of Little Egypt :
ISBN: 9781400197910. OCLC Number: 682907328

Tantor Media,. .

A winning new novel from the bestselling author of The Sixteen Pleasures---whose engaging, emotionally true characters could be right at home in the stories of Alice Munro or Bobbie Ann Mason ...

The confessions of Frances Godwin :
ISBN: 1620405490. OCLC Number: 864676500

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"The Confessions of Frances Godwin is the fictional memoir of a retired high school Latin teacher looking back on a life of trying to do her best amidst transgressions--starting with her affair with Paul, whom she later marries. Now that Paul is dead and she's retired, Frances Godwin thinks her story is over--but of course the rest of her life is full of surprises, including the truly shocking turn of events that occurs when she takes matters into her own hands after her daughter Stella's husband grows increasingly abusive. And though she is not a particularly pious person, in the aftermath of her actions, God begins speaking to her. Theirs is a deliciously antagonistic relationship that will compel both believers and nonbelievers alike. From a small town in the Midwest to the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome, The Confessions of Frances Godwin touches on the great questions of human existence: Is there something "out there" that takes an interest in us? Or is the universe ultimately indifferent?"--

The confessions of Frances Godwin :
ISBN: 1620405504. OCLC Number: 898419267

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The Confessions of Frances Godwin is the fictional memoir of a retired high school Latin teacher looking back on a life of trying to do her best amidst transgressions--starting with her affair with Paul, whom she later marries. Now that Paul is dead and she's retired, Frances Godwin thinks her story is over--but of course the rest of her life is full of surprises, including the truly shocking turn of events that occurs when she takes matters into her own hands after her daughter Stella's husband grows increasingly abusive. And though she is not a particularly pious person, in the aftermath of her actions, God begins speaking to her. Theirs is a deliciously antagonistic relationship that will compel both believers and nonbelievers alike. From a small town in the Midwest to the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome, The Confessions of Frances Godwin touches on the great questions of human existence: Is there something out there that takes an interest in us? Or is the universe ultimately indifferent?--

The fall of a sparrow.
ISBN: 0140277048. OCLC Number: 59406031

Penguin,. .

The Italian lover :
ISBN: 0316117633. OCLC Number: 85892255

Little, Brown,. .

Twenty-five years after stumbling upon a priceless work of Renaissance erotica in Florence, a discovery that led her into a misguided love affair, Margot Harrington joins forces with her lover, Woody, to write a screenplay based on her experiences.

The Italian lover :
ISBN: 9780316117654. OCLC Number: 319015575

Back Bay Books/Little, Brown,. .

Margot Harrington, an American woman living in Italy ... has written a script that she thinks will validate her life. ... Margot enters into a drama she never imagined, where her ideas of home, love, art, and aging collide with the imperatives of commerce and the essential unknowability of other cultures and other people.--Cover.

The sixteen pleasures
ISBN: 9781616955809. OCLC Number: 29387198

Soho,. .

The adventure of Margot Harrington, an American book conservator saving treasures in the 1966 flood in Florence. She is asked by the mother superior of a convent to help secretly sell a banned book to raise money for the convent. It's the only copy of The Sixteen Pleasures, a volume of sonnets and erotic drawings, ordered destroyed by the Vatican when it was published in 1523.