Books by Robert Roper

NABOKOV IN AMERICA by Robert Roper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Although Roper could well have shortened his excerpts from Nabokov's works and letters, they support his assessment of the writer as 'an extremely talented fellow' but not, in every piece of writing, a genius."
The Russian writer chased butterflies, and fame, in America. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Densely detailed and sometimes slow going, but sheds a fresh light on many aspects of Whitman's life and career."
The poet's relationship with his brothers, one of whom saw heavy fighting during the Civil War. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2002

"Roper has only spotty success in finding a deeper meaning in Unsoeld's story, but the story itself is always fascinating."
A solid account of the exploits of American mountaineer Willi Unsoeld, who made his reputation in 1963 as the first to climb Everest by the formidable West Face, a feat still not duplicated. Read full book review >
CUERVO TALES by Robert Roper
Released: July 22, 1993

"Though shapeless, this does capture—as if in amber—both the romantic, addle-brained Sixties and its deadly psychic hangovers."
Roper (The Trespassers, 1992, etc.) presents a novel-in- stories—set in California and ranging from the 60's to the 90's- -made up of mostly touching takes on the lonely fates of mind- damaged hippies and wayfarers. Read full book review >
THE TRESPASSERS by Robert Roper
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"As a writer, Roper is a smart, long-view abstractionist—but he's swung too far in the other direction from Lawrence's embarrassing, squishy rhapsody and given us instead a diagnostic lecture."
Catherine Mansure is married to former Berkeley radical and now foundation director Rick; they live on Rick's family's land, a vast tract south of San Francisco. Read full book review >
IN CAVERNS OF BLUE ICE by Robert Roper
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Roper is obviously well-acquainted with climbing, and for anyone interested in the subject there's a wealth of information here; he should have omitted the feeble story and added an index. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Its focus firmly on the details of mountaineering in the French Alps and the Himalayas—mechanics, technique, lore, social milieu—a simplistic novel about an unlikely superheroine (though already making record-breaking climbs while still in her teens, her only major injury occurs early on when a guide hazes her by giving her a double load) who achieves worldwide recognition for her exploits in the 1950's. Read full book review >