Don Robertson (author)
Don Robertson (March 21, 1929 – March 21, 1999) was an American novelist.
Robertson was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended East High School. He briefly attended Harvard and Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University) before working as a reporter and columnist for The Plain Dealer, the Cleveland News and the Cleveland Press.
Robertson is probably best known for his trio of novels featuring Morris Bird III: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, The Sum and Total of Now, and The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened. A movie adaptation of The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened aired on NBC in 1977 starring Jimmie Walker and James Earl Jones.
Most of Robertson's novels were set in Ohio, and the fictional town of Paradise Falls, Ohio, figured in many of them. Paradise Falls was also the title of one of his longest novels. Much of his fiction was set in the recent past, or a few generations past. His 1964 novel A Flag Full of Stars, for instance, was set during the 1948 U.S. elections. Like John O'Hara, he often linked novels that were not substantially related by including brief allusions to characters and events in his previous works.
Robertson's final novel, Prisoners of Twilight, was published by Crown in 1989. The early title of this book was Companion to Owls.
Robertson won the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1966. The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature presented him with its Mark Twain Award in 1991. The Press Club of Cleveland's Hall of Fame inducted Robertson in 1992, and he received the Society of Professional Journalist's Life Achievement Award in 1995.
In April 2008, HarperCollins Publisher reissued The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread in paperback. Berkley Trade (a division of Penguin Books) reissued The Sum and Total of Now in August 2009, and HarperCollins Publisher reissued The Greatest Thing that Almost Happened in September 2009. The rest of Don Robertson's books are currently out of print.
- The Three Days (1959)
- By Antietam Creek (1960)
- The River and the Wilderness (published as Game Without Rules in the UK) (1962)
- A Flag Full of Stars (1964)
- The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread (1965)
- The Sum and Total of Now (1966)
- Paradise Falls (1968)
- The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1970)
- Praise the Human Season (1974)
- Miss Margaret Ridpath and the Dismantling of the Universe (1977)
- Make a Wish (1978)
- Mystical Union (1978)
- Victoria at Nine (1979)
- Harv (1985)
- The Forest of Arden (1986)
- The Ideal, Genuine Man (1987)
- Barb (1988)
- Prisoners of Twilight (1989)
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