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Lloyd Kropp

Born: 1933 in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Kropp was a professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and currently resides in Edwardsville.

Biography: Lloyd Kropp is an American novelist, musician, composer, and educator. He is known for his novels. Kropp was educated at the University of Pittsbugh and ohio State University. He has been on the faculty at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, since 1975. There, he joined the English faculty where he taught until he retired as a senior professor in 2002. His formal academic specialty was in Literary Theory. During his years teaching at SIUE he won a Distinguished Performance Award from the School of Humanities and was twice nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award. Kropp's interests include archaeology, astronomy and ancient history.

  • ''Greencastle and The Denizens of the Sacred Crypt''
  • -- Best Books of the Year lists, American Library Association, 1985
  • -- Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 1988

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Lloyd Kropp on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Greencastle and the denizens of the sacred crypt :
ISBN: 0881910376 OCLC: 13186049

Freundlich Books, New York : ©1986.

The world of a group of small town New Jersey boys in 1952.

One hundred times to China /
ISBN: 0385057083 OCLC: 5008043

Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y. : 1979.

The drift
ISBN: 9780307814968 OCLC: 829265827

Doubleday, [New York] : 2013.

Somewhere in the heart of the Sargasso Sea, according to legend, there lies a calm body of water where all the wrecked ships of history find their way. Peter Sutherland, a youngish college professor weathering his first divorce, takes a Caribbean cruise in search of relaxation. Suddenly, a violent storm comes up, and sweeps him out into the Atlantic, clinging to a small rowboat. After many days, he is rescuedby the gentle people who live on the Drift, a floating city of French brigantines, Spanish galleons, English caravels, and Portugese men-of-war, hidden for hundreds of years at the center of the Sargasso Sea. Although incredulous at first, Peter slowly falls under the spell of the beguiling paradise in which he has awakened, a process hastened by the presence of Pao, a bewitching, dark-haired girl of seventeen who hopes to charm him so completely that he will never want to leave her. As his love for Pao deepens, Peter's mind and senses grow strangely alive, and he finds himself immersed in a world of feeling and intuition he has never known. Both frightened and attracted by the power of the Drift, Peter must finally wrestle with the dilemma of how, and whether, to return to the land-locked life from which he has been both exiled and released. Beneath the hauntingly lovely surface of this novel, the author has dislodged some bedrock questions about the nature of man's life, and the choices with which we are all confronted. In Peter's agonizing attempt to decide whether the Drift is real or only a seductive hallucination, and in his dilemma of whether to stay or leave, the reader will find a disturbing echo of his own fantasies about what is real, or possible, or even desirable, within the private Drift that each of us inhabits.

  Who is Mary Stark?
ISBN: 0380003074 OCLC: 18758871

Avon Books, New York : 1975, ©1974.