Radical and racy, Robert Coover's Coover Stories is a new collection of incisive, inventive works from the postmodern master.
When Robert Coover's first collection Pricksongs & Descants came out in 1969, his short
story "The Babysitter," took the literary world by storm. Described as "metafiction at its best,"
his work is taught in classrooms more than half a century later, no less relevant--and
irreverent--than at its debut. Provocative, experimental, and biting, Coover's darkly satiric
writing has pushed the avant-garde to its limits and sired a generation of postmodernists.
Coover Stories is the fourth short story collection from Robert Coover. Drawing on decades of experience, the William Faulkner
Foundation Award-winning writer continues to shock and engage his readers with his wit, style,
and keen critical eye for the paradoxes of modernity.
Robert Coover has published fourteen novels, three short story collections, and a collection of plays since The Origin of the Brunists received the The William Faulkner Foundation First Novel Award in 1966. At Brown University, where he has taught for over thirty years, he established the International Writers Project, a program that provides an annual fellowship and safe haven to endangered international writers who face harassment, imprisonment, and suppression of their work in their home countries. In 1990-91, he launched the world's first hypertext fiction workshop, was one of the founders in 1999 of the Electronic Literature Organization, and in 2002 created CaveWriting, the first writing workshop in immersive virtual reality. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times has said "Of all the postmodern writers, Robert Coover is probably the funniest and most malicious, mixing up broad social and political satire with vaudeville turns, lewd pratfalls, and clever word plays that make us rethink both the mechanics of the world and our relationship to it." Coover has also received awards from the Lannan Foundation, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment of the Arts, and the Rea Lifetime Short Story Award.