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Robert Boswell

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  • MFA, Creative Writing, University of Arizona, 1984
  • M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Arizona, 1979
  • B.A., Creative Writing/Psychology, University of Arizona, 1977

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Selected Publications


  • Tumbledown, a novel, Graywolf Press, August 2013.
  • The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards,  a collection of stories, Graywolf Press, May 2009. Paperback, Graywolf, May 2010; paperback, May 2011.
  • The Half-Known World: On Writing, a collection of essays, Graywolf Press, August 2008.
  • What Men Call Treasure: The Search for Gold at Victorio Peak, co-written with David Schweidel, a nonfiction account of a search for treasure, Cinco Puntos Press, August 2008.
  • Century’s Son,  a novel, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., April 2002. German Language edition, 2005. Paperback from Picador, August 2003.
  • American Owned Love,  a novel, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., April 1997. Paperback, Harper Collins, April 1998. British edition, Quartet Books, October 1997.
  • Living to Be 100,  a collection of stories, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., April 1994. Paperback edition, Harper Collins, April 1995.
  • Mystery Ride,  a novel, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., January 1993. Big print edition, 1993. Paperback edition, Harper Collins, January 1994. British, Japanese, Italian and German editions, 1996. CBS made-for-television film “Twelve Mile Road” released in 2003.
  • The Geography of Desire,  a novel, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., September 1989. Paperback edition, Harper Collins, January 1994. British edition, Quartet Books, 1997.
  • Crooked Hearts, a novel, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., June 1987. Paperback editions, Dell 1988; Harper Collins, January 1994. Dutch language edition, 1988. British edition, 1998. MGM film released, September 1991.
  • Dancing in the Movies,  a collection of short stories, University of Iowa Press, January 1986. Paperback edition, New American Library, January 1987. Independent film “Glissando” (based on one of the stories) released 2002.
  • Virtual Death,  a novel written under the pseudonym Shale Aaron, Harper Collins, August 1995. Limited edition by Easton Press, Norwalk, CT, August 1995. Czech language edition, 1997.


  • "The Long Shrift,” Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York, July 2014.
  • “Tongues,” a full-length play, major production American Southwest Theatre Company, March 1999.

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