Conversations with Tom Robbins

Edited by Liam O. Purdon
and Beef Torrey

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, index

978-1-60473-826-1 Printed casebinding $50.00S

978-1-60473-827-8 Paper $25.00T

Printed casebinding, $50.00

Paper, $25.00

"I suppose my goal has been to twine ideas and images into big subversive pretzels of life, death, and goofiness on the chance that they might help keep the world lively and give it the flexibility to endure."

Since the publication of Another Roadside Attraction in 1971, Tom Robbins (b. 1932) has become known as the principal voice of American countercultural fiction. His cult celebrity was further solidified by the success of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976) and Still Life With Woodpecker (1980). Robbins's mix of vivid language, ribald humor, philosophical musings, controversial commentary on religion and sexuality, and concentration on female protagonists and feminine consciousness has marked almost all of his fiction, as well as his short writings.

Despite his undeserved reputation as 1960s hippie icon, all of Robbins's work remains popular and in print, and his later novels--including Jitterbug Perfume (1984), Skinny Legs and All (1990), Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas (1994), Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates (2000), Villa Incognito (2003), and B Is for Beer (2009)--engage thoroughly with current politics, mores, and trends.

Conversations with Tom Robbins brings together more than twenty interviews with the acclaimed author, from the mid-1970s to the present. Throughout the volume, Robbins discusses his working methods, his fusion of Eastern and Western philosophical traditions, the need for wit and humor in serious fiction, and the ways living in the Pacific Northwest has fueled his work.

Liam O. Purdon, Crete, Nebraska, is professor of English at Doane College. His work has been published in Studies in Philology, Philological Quarterly, Medievalia et Humanistica, Papers on Language and Literature, English Language Notes, and other periodicals. Beef Torrey, Crete, Nebraska, has edited Conversations with Thomas McGuane, Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson (with Kevin Simonson), and Jim Harrison: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1964-2008 (with Gregg Orr).

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, index