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Encyclopedia > Tom Robbins
Tom Robbins at a reading of Wild Ducks Flying Backward in San Francisco on September 24, 2005
Tom Robbins at a reading of Wild Ducks Flying Backward in San Francisco on September 24, 2005

Thomas Eugene Robbins (born July 22, 1936 in Blowing Rock, North Carolina) is an American author. His novels are complex, often wild stories with strong social undercurrents, a satirical bent, and obscure details. His novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976) was made into a movie in 1993 directed by Gus Van Sant. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1200 × 1600 pixel, file size: 303 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Tom Robbins: photo taken by me on September 24, 2005 in San Francisco at a reading sponsored by Booksmith. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1200 × 1600 pixel, file size: 303 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Tom Robbins: photo taken by me on September 24, 2005 in San Francisco at a reading sponsored by Booksmith. ... Wild Ducks Flying Backward is Tom Robbinss latest book, published on August 30, 2005. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... July 22 is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Blowing Rock is a town in North Carolina, situated in both Caldwell and Watauga counties. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a 1976 novel by Tom Robbins. ... This article is about the film. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Biography

In 1954, Robbins attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia to study journalism, but left due to discipline problems. He then moved to New York to become a poet. Later, under the threat of the Army draft, he enlisted in the Air Force. After serving for three years in Korea, he left the Air Force, and returned to civilian life in Richmond, Virginia in 1960. There, he entered art school at Richmond Professional Institute, which later became Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). There he studied art, and was the editor of the campus newspaper as well as a copy editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Washington and Lee University is a private liberal arts college in Lexington, Virginia. ... Lexington is an independent city within the confines of Rockbridge County in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... Korea (Korean: 한국 in South Korea or ì¡°ì„  in North Korea, see below) is a geographic area, civilization, and former state situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. ... Nickname: Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... Virginia Commonwealth University or VCU for short, is a large American research university with its main campus located in urban Richmond, Virginia. ... Virginia Commonwealth University, or VCU, is a large public American research university with its main campuses located in downtown Richmond, Virginia. ... Editing may also refer to audio or film editing. ... Copy editing is the process by which an editor makes formatting changes and other improvements to text. ... The Richmond Times-Dispatch (RTD or TD for short) is the primary daily newspaper in Richmond, Virginia the capital of Virginia, and is commonly considered the newspaper of record for events occurring in much of the state. ...


Upon graduation, he moved to Seattle to seek a Masters degree at the School of Far Eastern Studies of the University of Washington. While in Seattle, he worked for The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. ... The Seattle Times is the leading daily newspaper in Seattle, Washington, United States. ... The daily Seattle Post-Intelligencer is the second leading newspaper in Seattle, Washington, United States. ...


Robbins moved to LaConner, Washington in 1970, and has lived there ever since. He won the Golden Umbrella award at the Bumbershoot Seattle arts festival in 1997. La Conner is a town in Skagit County, Washington, USA. The population was 761 at the 2000 census. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... Bumbershoot is a colloquial word for umbrella, probably coined in the 19th century as a portmanteau of umbrella and parachute. ...


He was a personal friend of Terence McKenna, whose influence is evident in several of his books. A main character (Larry Diamond) in Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas advocates a theory similar to those of McKenna, involving Psilocybin. In addition, there are striking parallels between one of the main characters of Jitterbug Perfume, (Wiggs Dannyboy), and McKenna. He is also an admirer of Indian mystic Osho. For the Canadian writer, actor, producer & director, see Terence McKenna (film producer). ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Psilocybin (also known as psilocybine) is a psychedelic alkaloid of the tryptamine family, found in psilocybin mushrooms. ... Jitterbug Perfume is Tom Robbins fourth novel, published in 1984. ...


Bibliography

Another Roadside Attraction is Tom Robbins first novel, published in 1971 by Bantam Books, which initiated what has grown to be considered his cult following. ... See also: 1970 in literature, other events of 1971, 1972 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a 1976 novel by Tom Robbins. ... See also: 1975 in literature, other events of 1976, 1977 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Cover of Still Life With Woodpecker, echoing the design of the Camel cigarette packet Still Life With Woodpecker is the third novel by Tom Robbins, concerning the love affair between an environmentalist princess and an outlaw. ... See also: 1979 in literature, other events of 1980, 1981 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Jitterbug Perfume is Tom Robbins fourth novel, published in 1984. ... See also: 1983 in literature, other events of 1984, 1985 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Skinny Legs and All, novelist Tom Robbins fifth book, was published in 1990 by Bantam Books. ... See also: 1989 in literature, other events of 1990, 1991 in literature, list of years in literature. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... See also: 1993 in literature, other events of 1994, 1995 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates is Tom Robbins seventh and biggest novel. ... See also: 1999 in literature, other events of 2000, 2001 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... See also: 2002 in literature, other events of 2003, 2004 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Wild Ducks Flying Backward is Tom Robbinss latest book, published on August 30, 2005. ... // Events February 25 - Canada Reads selects Rockbound by Frank Parker Day as the novel to be read across the nation. ...

External links

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:
Tom Robbins
  • AFTRlife - A Tom Robbins playground (fansite)
  • How to Write Like Tom Robbins - by Michael Dare
  • A 1984 interview with Tom Robbins
  • From Blowing Rock to Windy Cliff: A Tentative Chronology
  • A biographical essay (2003)
  • Basking Robbins Interview (1985)
  • Salon.com mini-bio (2000)
  • Seattle Weekly interview (2000)

  Results from FactBites:
 
Interview | Tom Robbins (4134 words)
Though he writes as eloquently on the topic of paradox as he does everything else he's tackled, Tom Robbins is himself a study in contradictions.
Without benefit of a conversation with Robbins it would be tempting to call the book "tightly plotted," because the intricate twists and turns certainly lend it that feel.
Robbins admits he does almost no plotting in advance but, "that's the adventure of it, for me." The thing that keeps him coming back to writing every day.
Tom Robbins - Salon (1056 words)
Robbins was born on July 22, 1936, in Blowing Rock, N.C., the grandchild of two Baptist preachers.
Robbins was fired, and left Richmond aiming to get as far as possible from Virginia while still living in the continental United States.
Robbins has lived the classic hippie writer's life: multiple wives, internovel trips to obscure places, a child named after a '70s rock band.
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