Robert J. Burch
|Robert J. Burch|
June 25, 1925|
Fayette County, Georgia, US
|Died||December 25, 2007
Fayette County, Georgia
|Genre||Children's literature, realist young-adult novels, historical fiction|
|Notable awards||Phoenix Award
Robert J. Burch (June 25, 1925 – December 25, 2007) was an American writer of 19 children's books whose readers are "usually young adolescents". Many of his stories are based on his childhood experiences in rural Georgia during the Great Depression.
Burch began writing in New York City in the early 1960s.
According to Dictionary of Literary Biography, his best books feature "realistic details of country and small town life in middle and northern Georgia" during the Great Depression, the setting of his own childhood. "His books are infused with his genial, optimistic view of life while maintaining a realistic, nonsentimental, serious, and moralistic approach."
Burch and Queenie Peavy won the second annual Phoenix Award from the Children's Literature Association in 1986, recognizing the best children's book published twenty years earlier that did not win a major award.
Burch received four Georgia Children's Book Awards and in 2007 the inaugural W. Porter Kellam Lifetime Achievement Award (after a University of Georgia Library director) for outstanding contributions to literary life in Georgia.
- "Robert J(oseph) Burch Biography". Dictionary of Literary Biography. Reprint at BookRags (bookrags.com). Purchase required; opening lines retrieved 2013-03-02.
- "UGA announces Georgia Writers Hall of Fame inductees". January 20, 2009. Franklin News. The University of Georgia. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
- "Phoenix Award Brochure 2012". Children's Literature Association. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
See also the current homepage, "Phoenix Award".
- "Fayette’s noted author Robert Burch dies at 82" at the Wayback Machine (archived August 24, 2007). Trey Alverson. Fayette County News. December 27, 2007. Nominally archived 2007-08-24[!]. Retrieved 2013-08-25.