Individual Author Record
Name:Pen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Born: 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sites:
Illinois ConnectionHellenga lived in Galesburg. He was the George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English and Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Knox College.
Biographical and Professional InformationRobert Hellenga was educated at the University of Michigan and Princeton University. He was a highly regarded novelist, essayist and professor and short story writer. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he spent his summers, and in Three Oaks, Michigan. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, where he married Virginia Hellenga, and did graduate work at the Queen’s University of Belfast, the University of North Carolina and Princeton University, where he earned his Ph.D. In 1973 and 1974, he co-directed the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Seminar in the Humanities at Chicago’s Newberry Library. In 1982 and 1983 he spent 13 months in Florence, Italy, where he directed the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Florence programs. Italy became a recurring setting in his books.
*''Blues Lessons: A Novel,'' Scribner, 2002 *''Philosophy Made Simple: A Novel,'' Little, Brown and Company, 2006 *''Snakewoman of Little Egypt: A Novel'', Bloomsbury, 2011 *''The Confessions of Frances Godwin'', Bloomsbury, 2014 *''The Fall of the Sparrow'', Scribner, 1998 *''The Italian Lover, Little,'' Brown and Company, 2007 *The Sixteen Pleasures, Sceptre, 1995 *Love, Death & Rare Books, Delphinium, 2020 *The Truth About Death and Other Stories, Bloomsbury, 2016