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Comments Robert Coover
"Crabapple Tree"
2016 O. Henry Award-winning Author

(author photo © Roderick Coover)

Writing Tips

Beckett taught me that writing is a vocation in the sense that religion is. Kafka taught me realism. Melville taught me intransigence. Rabelais taught me audacity. Borges taught me precision. Joyce taught me design. Sterne taught me irony. Ovid taught me daring ambition, and the price of that. Cervantes taught me postmodernism.

Writer's Desk

My life as an iconoclast continues. This time, it's Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Becky Thatcher.

About the Author

Robert Coover was born in 1932, in Charles City, Iowa. He attended Southern Illinois University, Indiana University, University of Chicago. His many awards include the Faulkner Award for Origin of the Brunists, REA Award for the Short Story, Lannan Foundation Fellowship, Clifton Fadiman Award for Pricksongs & Descants, and Independent Press Storyteller of the Year, 2006. His most recent book is The Brunist Day of Wrath. He divides his time between Providence, Rhode Island, and Barcelona.

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