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Coover, Robert

Works: 213 works in 747 publications in 10 languages and 22,355 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Baseball stories  Football stories  Experimental fiction  Satire  Black humor  Detective and mystery stories 
Roles: Author, Dedicatee, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewee, Other, Narrator
Classifications: PS3553.O633, 813.54
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Most widely held works about Robert Coover
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The public burning by Robert Coover( Book )
38 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"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
Pricksongs & descants; fictions by Robert Coover( Book )
68 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pricksongs & Descants, originally published in 1969, is a virtuoso performance that established its author - already a William Faulkner Award winner for his first novel - as a writer of enduring power and unquestionable brilliance, a promise he has fulfilled over a stellar career. It also began Coover''s now-trademark riffs on fairy tales and bedtime stories. In these riotously word-drunk fictional romps, two children follow an old man into the woods, trailing bread crumbs behind and edging helplessly toward a sinister end that never comes; a husband walks toward the bed where his wife awaits
A night at the movies, or, You must remember this : fictions by Robert Coover( Book )
36 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
<Div>Previews, coming attractions, horror, romance, mystery, even intermissions--you name the type of movie and there''s a fiction within this collection to cover it--all written with the exuberance you''ve come to expect in Robert Coover''s writing.</div>
The Universal Baseball Association, inc., J. Henry Waugh, prop by Robert Coover( Book )
48 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A middle-aged accountant invents a dice-controlled baseball world
Gerald's party : a novel by Robert Coover( Book )
44 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,012 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
John's wife : a novel by Robert Coover( Book )
16 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 918 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 )
17 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 839 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 )
31 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
<Div>Internationally renowned author Robert Coover returns with a major new novel set in Venice and featuring one of its most famous citizens, Pinocchio. The result is a brilliant philosophical discourse on what it means to be human; a hilarious, bawdy adventure; and a fitting tribute to the history, grandeur, and decay of Venice itself.</div>
The origin of the Brunists : a novel by Robert Coover( Book )
39 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 821 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
Briar rose by Robert Coover( Book )
11 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and Spanish and held by 706 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
Whatever happened to Gloomy Gus of the Chicago Bears? by Robert Coover( Book )
23 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
<Div>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.</div>
Noir by Robert Coover( Book )
15 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 641 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
Spanking the maid : a novel by Robert Coover( Book )
32 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 558 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 )
8 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The adventures of Lucky Pierre : directors' cut by Robert Coover( Book )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 455 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
Statements 2 : new fiction by Jonathan, ed Baumbach( Book )
1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A child again by Robert Coover( Book )
6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Robert Coover, one of the true revolutionaries in American fiction, presents a new collection of short stories, revealing the cruelty of puppets, the perfection of a jigsaw puzzle, and the loneliness of the invisible man. Outlandish and precise, menacing and humane, this collection finds new life in our oldest tales."--BOOK JACKET
The Brunist day of wrath by Robert Coover( Book )
4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 296 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
A political fable by Robert Coover( Book )
4 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Charlie in the house of rue by Robert Coover( Book )
6 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Coover, Robert Lowell
Coover, Robert Lowell 1932-
クーヴァー, ロバート
クーバー, ロバート
English (414)
Spanish (19)
German (14)
Japanese (10)
Italian (10)
Polish (8)
French (5)
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