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Name: Coover, Robert

Historical Note: Robert Coover was born in Charles City, Iowa, in 1932 and graduated from Herrin Township High School in 1949. He worked at The Southern Illinoisan briefly as a reporter and spent two years attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Indiana University in 1953. Mr. Coover later earned a Master of Arts degree at the University of Chicago in 1965. His first novel published in 1966, "The Origin of the Brunists,"  was the winner of the William Faulkner Award for "The Best First Novel of theYear." He published another novel two years later titled "The Universal Baseball Assocation, J. Henry Waugh, Prop."  Mr. Coover also wrote poems and stories, which appeared in publications such as Playboy, Evergreen, New American Review, Esquire, among others. He taught at Bard College in New York before arriving at the University of Iowa in the Department of English in 1968 to teach creative writing.
Sources: I. Clark Davis Collection of Robert Coover Papers, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Note Author: Matthew Kent

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