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Robert Lowell Coover

Born: 1932 in Charles City, Iowa
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Coover grew up in Herrin while his father was the managing editor at the Herrin Daily Journal. He attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He received his MA from the University of Chicago in 1965.

Biography: Robert Coover is an award-winning novelist whose experimental forms and techniques mix reality and illusion, frequently creating otherworldly or surreal situations and effects. He taught electronic and experimental writing at Brown University from 1981 - 2012. Coover is one of the founders of the Electronic Literature Organization. In 1987 he was the winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

A political fable /
ISBN: 0670563099 OCLC: 6196414

Viking Press, New York : 1980.

The origin of the Brunists :
ISBN: 0393306003 OCLC: 18983426

Norton, New York : 1989, ©1966.

The public burning /
ISBN: 0802135277 OCLC: 37373622

Grove Press, New York : ©1997.

"A controversial best-seller in 1977, The Public Burning has since emerged as one of the most influential novels of our time. The first major work of contemporary fiction ever to use living historical figures as characters, the novel reimagines the three fateful days in 1953 that culminated with the execution of alleged atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Vice-President Richard Nixon - the voraciously ambitious bad boy of the Eisenhower regime - is the dominant narrator in an enormous cast that includes Betty Crocker, Joe McCarthy, the Marx Brothers, Walter Winchell, Uncle Sam, his adversary The Phantom, and Time magazine incarnated as the National Poet Laureate. All of these and thousands more converge in Times Square for the carnivalesque auto-da-fe at which the Rosenbergs are put to death. And not a person present escapes implication in Cold War America's ruthless "public burning.""--Jacket.

The Universal Baseball Association, inc., J. Henry Waugh, prop.
ISBN: 0452252806 OCLC: 898935319

New American Library, New York [etc.] : 1971.

Whatever happened to Gloomy Gus of the Chicago Bears?.
ISBN: 0749390077 OCLC: 19265277

Heinemann Minerva, 1989.