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Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1932 in Charles City, Iowa


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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.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.

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