Robert Ferro (October 21, 1941 - July 11, 1988) was an American novelist whose semi-autobiographical fiction explored the uneasy integration of homosexuality and traditional American upper-middle-class values.
He was born in Cranford, New Jersey. He went to college at Rutgers University and received a Master's Degree from the University of Iowa. In the fall of 1965 Ferro met Andrew Holleran at the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He later lectured at Adelphi University. He was a member of The Violet Quill.
He died of AIDS a few months after his partner, Michael Grumley, in 1988 at his father's home in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, age 46. Following their deaths, the Ferro-Grumley Foundation, which manages their estate, created and endowed the annual Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT fiction in conjunction with Publishing Triangle.
Robert Ferro's works are especially interested in the phenomena of homosexual integration into the traditional family. Love of family is a theme that appears in both "The Family of Max Desir", and "Second Son" and reflects his traditional Italo-American sentiments. 
- The Others. Scribner. 1977. ISBN 0-684-15137-5.
- The Family of Max Desir. Dutton. 1983. ISBN 0-525-24197-3.
- The Blue Star. Plume. 1985. ISBN 0-452-25819-7.
- Second Son. Crown. 1988. ISBN 0-517-56815-2.
- The violet quill reader : the emergence of gay writing after Stonewall. New York: St. Martin's. 1994. ISBN 0-312-11091-X.
- "Robert Ferro, 46, Dies". The New York Times. 1988-07-12. Retrieved 2007-08-08.
- Consoli, Joseph P. (2002). "Ferro, Robert (1941-1988)". glbtq.com. Retrieved 2007-08-08.
- Sun Sentinal, July 13, 1988
- Consoli, Joseph P. "GLBTQ". Ferro, Robert (1941-1988). Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Robert Ferro papers, 1963-1988 (8.5 linear feet) are housed at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
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