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Butler, Robert Olen

Overview
Works: 117 works in 501 publications in 14 languages and 26,181 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Romance fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Novels  Spy fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Signer
Classifications: PS3552.U8278, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Robert Olen Butler
A good scent from a strange mountain : stories by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

65 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 2,702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vietnam War continues to play itself out in fiction, autobiography, and history books, but no American author has captured the experiences of the Vietnamese themselves--and caught their voices--more tellingly than Robert Olen Butler, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain. The 15 stories collected here, all written in the first person, blend Vietnamese folklore, the terrible, lingering memories of war, American pop culture and family drama
Perfume river : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

23 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Quinlan is a seventy-year-old historian, teaching at Florida State University, where his wife Darla is also tenured. Their life is a picture of domestic industry: cups of freshly ground coffee fuel Robert?s research and writing during the days, while in the evenings the conversation flows freely over home-cooked dinner and wine. The marriage is a happy enough one, but Robert?s relationship with his father, a veteran of World War II, is strained. William is coming to the end of his life, but reconciliation with his other son Jimmy, whose path diverged from the rest of the family at the outbreak of the Vietnam War, does not seem close at hand. When Robert meets a homeless man whom he takes to be a Vietnam veteran, the past is set to suffuse the present, and the enduring legacy of war on these characters revealed. Profound and poignant, Perfume River is a portrait of family, personal choice, and how war resonates through the American experience
The deep green sea : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

24 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A romance in Vietnam between a returning American and his Amerasian tourist guide. As they get to know each other the question arises, is she the daughter of the bar girl he slept with? The guide cannot tell, she was abandoned by her mother, but a trip to the country will provide an answer. By the author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
A small hotel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale set in reverse chronicles the failing marriage of New Orleans residents Michael and Kelly Hayes, who, on the day their divorce becomes final, revisit their shared history to evaluate the insecurities and inabilities that have driven them apart
They whisper : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

28 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in 6 languages and held by 1,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The result is a compelling, profound, and timely examination of human sexuality and, not incidentally, one of the most rapturously erotic books of our time
The hot country by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

23 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christopher Marlowe ("Kit") Cobb, an early 20th-century American war correspondent reporting on Mexico's civil war, witnesses the attempted assassination of a priest and the arrival of strange ships bearing German officials
The star of Istanbul by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christopher Marlowe ("Kit") Cobb, an American war correspondent reporting on World War I, has been tasked to follow a man named Brauer, a German intellectual and possible covert SS agent, into perilous waters aboard the ship Lusitania, as the man is believed to hold information vital to the war effort. Aboard the Lusitania on its fateful voyage, Cobb becomes smitten with famed actress Selene Bourgani, who for some reason appears to be working with German Intelligence
Fair warning : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and Portuguese and held by 950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At age forty, Amy is the company's star employee, capable of selling a Renoir painting of a pudgy nude for twice its value. Hers are the charms and talents of a sophisticated woman; intelligence, ambition, wit, and endless charisma."--Jacket
Hell by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Czech and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hatcher McCord is an evening newscaster who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune. He's far from the only one to suffer this fate--in fact, he's surrounded by an outrageous cast of characters, including William Shakespeare, Humphrey Bogart, Richard M. Nixon, Jezebel, Judas Iscariot, Pope Boniface VIII, J. Edgar Hoover, and a panoply of present-day figures who will soon be in Hell. The question may be not who is in Hell but who isn't. Butler's Hell isn't as much a boiling lake of fire--although there is that--as it is a Sisyphean trial tailored to each inhabitant. One day, Hatcher McCord meets Dante's Beatrice, who believes there is a way out of Hell. Soon thereafter, by a twist of diabolical fate and an interviewer's savvy, he learns a deep, dark secret of the underworld. From there Butler is off on a madcap romp about good, evil, free will, and the possibility of escape.--From publisher's description
Had a good time : stories from American postcards by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short fiction inspired by postcards from a bygone era and their messages offers fifteen pieces, including "Carl and I," "The Ironworkers' Hayride," and "The One in White."
From where you dream : the process of writing fiction by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Janet Burroway, author of Writing Fiction, the classic text on creative writing ... introduces her edited transcripts of Butler's thought-provoking lectures. From Where You Dream reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing fiction as the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, Butler reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire."--Publisher's website
Mr. Spaceman : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A spaceman orbits the Earth, gently abducting people to study humanity, then erasing the event from their memories. Problems arise when he falls in love with a beautician from Alabama
The empire of night by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the thrilling third installment of the Christopher Marlowe Cobb series, Kit discovers a secret plan to transform Zeppelins into dangerous killing machines--and to turn the tide of war in Germany's favor"--
Tabloid dreams : stories by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve off-beat stories. In JFK Secretly Attends Jackie's Auction, President Kennedy, who survived the assassination and is a prisoner of the CIA, is allowed to attend an auction of his wife's property, while in Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot, a husband reincarnated as a parrot tries to make amends to his wife who now owns him
The alleys of Eden by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

19 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few writers have delved into the psychological lives of Vietnam vets as Butler has. This novel tests the love between an American deserter in Vietnam and a Vietnamese woman, who are bonded by the extremities of the war. When the couple try to start over in America, they are faced with a different set of challenges. --Customer at Amazon.com
Severance : stories by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulitzer-winning Butler presents 62 stories, each exactly 240 words long, capturing the flow of thoughts and feelings that go through a person's mind after their head has been severed. The characters are both real and imagined, including Medusa and Anne Boleyn
On distant ground : a novel by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best American short stories, 1994 by Tobias Wolff( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-one best short stories of 1994
The best American short stories, 1996 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of twenty-four American short stories by authors such as Mary Gordon, Robert Olen Butler, Alice Adams, and Jamaica Kincaid. Includes a list of 100 additional notable stories from 1995
Intercourse : stories by Robert Olen Butler( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short fiction by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author offers a revealing look at what goes through a person's mind during sex as he captures the innermost thoughts of such couples as Bonnie and Clyde, Adam and Eve, and Richard Milhous Nixon and Pat Nixon
 
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A good scent from a strange mountain : stories
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The deep green sea : a novelA small hotelThey whisper : a novelFair warning : a novelHellHad a good time : stories from American postcardsFrom where you dream : the process of writing fictionMr. Spaceman : a novel
Alternative Names
Butler, Robert Olen

Olen Butler, Robert

Olen Butler, Robert 1945-

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Robertus Olen Butler

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