Robert Ferro

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

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 late 1965 Ferro met Andrew Holleran at the Iowa Writer's Workshop.[1] He later lectured at Adelphi University.[2] He was a member of The Violet Quill.[3]

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.[2][4] 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. [5]



  1. ^ The violet quill reader : the emergence of gay writing after Stonewall. New York: St. Martin's. 1994. ISBN 0-312-11091-X. 
  2. ^ a b "Robert Ferro, 46, Dies". The New York Times. 1988-07-12. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  3. ^ Consoli, Joseph P. (2002). "Ferro, Robert (1941-1988)". Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  4. ^ Sun Sentinel, July 13, 1988
  5. ^ Consoli, Joseph P. "GLBTQ". Ferro, Robert (1941-1988). Retrieved February 27, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

Archival sources[edit]