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Coover, Robert

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Most widely held works by Robert Coover
The public burning by Robert Coover( Book )

46 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Richard Seaver book."
Huck out west by Robert Coover( Book )

16 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Robert Coover's Huck Out West, also "wrote by Huck," the boys escape "sivilization" and "light out for the Territory, riding for the famous but short-lived Pony Express, then working as scouts for both sides in the war. They are suddenly separated when Tom decides he'd rather own civilization than leave it, returning east with his new wife, Becky Thatcher, to learn the law from her father. Huck, abandoned and "dreadful lonely," hires himself out to "whosoever." He rides shotgun on coaches, wrangles horses on a Chisholm Trail cattle drive, joins a gang of bandits, guides wagon trains, gets dragged into U.S. Army massacres, suffers a series of romantic and barroom misadventures. He is eventually drawn into a Lakota tribe by a young brave, Eeteh, an inventive teller of Coyote tales who "was having about the same kind of trouble with his tribe as I was having with mine." There is an army colonel who wants to hang Huck and destroy Eeteh's tribe, so they're both on the run, finding themselves ultimately in the Black Hills just ahead of the 1876 Gold Rush. This period, from the middle of the Civil War to the centennial year of 1876, is probably the most formative era of the nation's history. In the West, it is a time of grand adventure, but also one of greed, religious insanity, mass slaughter, virulent hatreds, widespread poverty and ignorance, ruthless military and civilian leadership, huge disparities of wealth. Only Huck's sympathetic and gently comical voice can make it somehow bearable
Pricksongs & descants : fictions by Robert Coover( Book )

73 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his carnivalesque and riotously inventive 'Pricksongs & Descants', Coover remakes old stories of Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Beauty, who marries her 'Beast' and spends a lifetime suffering his doggy stink
The Universal Baseball Association, inc., J. Henry Waugh, prop by Robert Coover( Book )

56 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A middle-aged accountant invents a dice-controlled baseball world
A night at the movies, or, You must remember this : fictions by Robert Coover( Book )

35 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and German and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a collection of short fictions based on the movies and the idea that things we remember are not always what they seem
Gerald's party : a novel by Robert Coover( Book )

57 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert Coover's wicked and surreally comic novel takes place at a chilling, ribald, and absolutely fascinating party. Amid the drunken guests, a woman turns up murdered on the living room floor. Around the corpse, one of several the evening produces, Gerald's party goes on - a chatter of voices, names, faces, overheard gags, rounds of storytelling, and a mounting curve of desire. What Coover has in store for his guests - besides an evening gone mad - is part murder mystery, part British parlor drama, part sly and dazzling meditation of time, theater, and love."--Jacket
The origin of the Brunists : a novel by Robert Coover( Book )

46 editions published between 1966 and 2015 in English and German and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sole survivor of a catastrophic coalmine disaster claims that he was saved in order to announce the Coming of the End of the World, and becomes leader of a strange new cult
John's wife : a novel by Robert Coover( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A small town in the Midwest is enthralled by its first lady. She is the wife of a wealthy builder and everyone has an opinion on her, though few have actually met her. A look at fame and fortune in a small pond by the author of Pinocchio in Venice
Ghost town : a novel by Robert Coover( Book )

30 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A parody of the western novel featuring a hero who drifts into town to become both sheriff and outlaw. All the elements of the genre are present, from train robbery and runaway stagecoach, to cattle stampede. By the author of The Public Burning
Pinocchio in Venice by Robert Coover( Book )

43 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De mensgeworden Pinocchio, inmiddels een bekende schrijver geworden, keert terug naar Italië om zijn magnum opus te schrijven, waarna hij weer in een houten pop zal veranderen
Sudden fiction : American short-short stories( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents over seventy short stories five pages long or less by such American authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ray Bradbury, Langston Hughes, and Raymond Carver, and includes authors' commentary on the genre
Briar rose by Robert Coover( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An allegorical retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It features a princess who dreams of a succession of kissing princes, and a fairy who inhabits her dreams, regaling her with legends of other sleeping beauties. A look at the power of romantic desire
Noir by Robert Coover( Book )

22 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mysterious young widow hires Philip M. Noir to find her husband's killer--if he was killed. She suddenly is killed and her body disappears. At once wry, absurd, and desolate--most people will think what's happening is pretty funny
Whatever happened to Gloomy Gus of the Chicago Bears? by Robert Coover( Book )

25 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interweaves the fate of a cast of passionate--and lunatic--idealists of the Depression Era Left, and the rise and fall of a poet, womanizer, actor, union sympathizer and All-American football star known as Gloomy Gus
Spanking the maid : a novel by Robert Coover( Book )

44 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A "deeply provocative, obsessive story of the indissoluble relationship of bondage between a man and his maid. She arrives in his bedroom every morning with her cleaning paraphernalia, hoping to make each new round of work the perfect one for her master. He, in turn, can only notice the failure to change the towels, to fold the sheets properly, to keep her uniform crisp and clean ... It is, her assures her, an obligation to an abstract ideal of a higher order that compiles him to lead her own fulfillment in completing her tasks to utmost perfection."--Jacket
A theological position : plays by Robert Coover( Book )

9 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scenes from American life; contemporary short fiction by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Going for a beer : selected short fictions by Robert Coover( Book )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Coover has been playing by his own rules for more than half a century, earning the 1987 Rea Award for the Short Story as "a writer who has managed, willfully and even perversely, to remain his own man while offering his generous vision and versions of America." Coover finds inspiration in everything from painting, cinema, theater, and dance to slapstick, magic acts, puzzles, and riddles. His 1969 story "The Babysitter" has alone inspired generations of innovative young writers. Here, in this selection of his best stories, spanning more than half a century, you will find an invisible man tragically obsessed by an invisible woman; a cartoon man in a cartoon car who runs over a real man who is arrested by a real policeman with cartoon eyes; a stick man who reinvents the universe. While invading the dreams and nightmares of others, long dead, disrupting them from within, Coover cuts to the core of how realism works. He uses metafiction as a means of "interrogating the fiction making process," at least insofar as that process, when unexamined, has a way of entrapping us in false and destructive stories, myths, and belief systems. These stories are riven with paradox, ambivalence, strangeness, unrealized ambitions and desires, uncertainty, complexity, always seeking the potential for insight, for comedy. Through their celebration of the improbable and unexpected, and their distinctive but complementary grammars of text and film, Coover's selected short fictions entertain by engaging with the tribal myths that surround us--religious, patriotic, literary, erotic, popular--often satirizing the mindsets that, out of some obscure primitive need, perpetuate them. The thirty stories in Going for a Beer confirm Coover's reputation as "one of America's greatest literary geniuses" (Alan Moore)
The adventures of Lucky Pierre : directors' cut by Robert Coover( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cinecity is the frozen capital of an unnamed utopia - or is it dystopia? - where Lucky Pierre plies his trade, and it is the only world he knows. Part porn star, part clown, part everyman, Lucky has no life outside the films he is in, films created by nine women filmmakers, each with her own creative and sexual proclivities. Through the lenses of his nine muse-directors, Lucky - a.k.a. Wee Willie, Peter Prick, Crazy Leg, Badboy, Pete the Beast - becomes a naive castaway, a submissive slave, a child star in a barnyard frolic, a love-struck suburban hubby, a hologram, a sexual outlaw, a monk, a monkey, a mountain-climber, a dirty cartoon, a sex-pilgrim in virtual reality, and much much more. Coover's irrepressible imagination - or that of his nine filmmakers - is boundless ... and merciless." "But what is destiny in a world where there is no line between reality and the increasingly outrageous fantasy of the director and the camera? Recalling the protagonist of The Truman Show if Georges Bataille had written it, Lucky Pierre is both louche and innocent, a caricature of pornographic conventions and a stand-in for all human efforts to sort out vanity, performance, emotion, and motive from the ecstasy that reveals us to ourselves."--Jacket
The Brunist day of wrath by Robert Coover( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

West Condon, small-town USA, five years later: the Brunists are back, loonies and cretins aplenty in tow, wanting it all, sainthood and salvation, vanity and vacuity, God's fury and a good laugh for the end is at hand. The Brunist Day of Wrath, the long-awaited sequel to The Origin of the Brunists, is both a scathing indictment of fundamentalism and a careful examination of a world where religion competes with money, common sense, despair, and reason
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Sudden fiction : American short-short stories
Pricksongs & descants : fictionsThe Universal Baseball Association, inc., J. Henry Waugh, propA night at the movies, or, You must remember this : fictionsGerald's party : a novelThe origin of the Brunists : a novelJohn's wife : a novelGhost town : a novelPinocchio in Venice
Alternative Names
Coover Robert Lowell

Coover, Robert Lowell 1932-

Robert Coover Amerikaans schrijver

Robert Coover amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Robert Coover amerikansk författare

Robert Coover amerikansk skribent

Robert Coover autor estadounidense (n. 1932)

Robert Coover écrivain américain

Robert Coover scrittore statunitense

Роберт Кувер

Робърт Кувър

رابرت کوور نویسنده آمریکایی

쿠버, 로버트 1932-

クーヴァー, ロバート

クーバー, ロバート



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