Robert Coover | Podcast
Robert Coover & Ted Hodgkinson
Robert Coover reads his short story ‘Vampire’ and discusses the quintessential English novel and the intersection between myth and the modern world.
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Robert Coover was born in America in 1932. is the author of more than twenty books, including Noir, The Brunist Day of Wrath and Huck Out West. He has also published a collection of plays and Pricksongs and Descants, a several collections of short stories. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including those from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Guggenheim Foundation.More about the author →
Ted Hodgkinson is the previous online editor at Granta. He was a judge for the 2012 Costa Book Awards’ poetry prize, announced earlier this year. He managed the Santa Maddalena Foundation in Tuscany, the affiliated Gregor Von Rezzori Literary Prize and still serves as an advisor. His stories have appeared in Notes from the Underground and The Mays and his criticism in the Times Literary Supplement. He has an MA in English from Oxford and an MFA from Columbia.More about the author →