Robert Coover (2011 Event)
The reissue of his early novels as Penguin Classics in 2011 underlines his status as a giant of American literary postmodernism. Stories like Spanking the Maid, Gerald's Party and Pricksongs and Descants show that a mordant – and morbid – humour are part of his genius. One former student described Coover as 'the most generous, rabidly intelligent, accessible, erudite and hilarious teacher I have ever met.' Another said 'Coover is flame retardant'. Recorded live, in conversation with Scotland's own literary firebrand Stuart Kelly, at the 2011 Edinburgh International Book Festival.