This bibliography has now been updated through Summer 1996, and is as far as I
know, the most complete bibliography
available on Tom Robbins. The first version (v 1.0) was originally posted to alt.fan.tom-robbins
by Mike Songster, and subsequently updated and coded for HTML (v 2.0) by Matt
Cooperberg. This version (v 3.0) was revised, updated, and re-coded for HTML by
The following is a list of all known (at least to me...if anyone out there knows of relevent works not included here, by all means please email me) publications by or about Tom Robbins. He is of course still alive and well and living in the pacific northwest. This being the case I would appreciate any and all additions of future works which should be included in this here bibliography. I also welcome all submissions, suggestions and corrections, though please be delicate, as my ego bruises easily. I do hope that this list is of some enjoyment and/or use to someone, somewhere.
This bibliography is divided into several sections, separating works by T. R. from works about T. R. I have tried to find everything that has been published containing more than a passing comment about T. R., though I am sure I missed things. I have also included in the citation a short comment describing the contents of the work cited, except for those items I was unable to locate.
The Chink and the Clock People (Excerpts adapted from Even Cowgirls Get the Blues), The Best American Short Stories, 1977, Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1977). (Reprinted from American Review, 1976.)
Meditations on a Camel Pack (Excerpts adapted from Still-Life with Woodpecker), Esquire, 94, pp 27-38 (July, 1980).
Still Life With Woodpecker (Short excerpt from the novel), Northwest Review, 20(2-3), pp 95-96 (1982).
The Hair of the Beast (Excerpts adapted from Jitterbug Perfume), Esquire, 102, pp 236-238, (November, 1984).
Skinny Legs and All (Excerpts adapted from the novel), Esquire, 113, pp 149-160, (April, 1990).
The Towers of St. Ignatz (a screen treatment for a feature film involving snowflakes, rastas, and everything, submitted by Bruce Greeley [firstname.lastname@example.org]), Ergo! The Bumbershoot Literary Magazine (Summer, 1990).
The House of the Skinny Legs and All in Monologues from Contemporary Literature, Vol. I (A collection of monologues from a variety of authors including from T. R.), Smith and Kraus: Newbury, Vermont (1992).
T. R.s earliest writings apeared in The Helix, a weekly U. of Washington newspaper, where he did art and culture reviews, and reportedly wrote psychedelic poetry. His work apeared sometime in the 1960s (submitted by Matt Robesch [email@example.com, who says local historian Paul Dorpat, who writes for the Seattle Times, is the man to ask for further details).
Betty Bowen: Collected Papers, ca. 1920-1977, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle. (A collection of Seattle arts patron Bowens papers, clippings, correspondence, etc., including correspondence with T. R.)
Gloria B. Peck: Collected papers, 1956-1976, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle. (A collection of Seattle arts patron Pecks papers, clippings, correspondence, etc., including transcripts and tapes of a panel discussion involving T. R. called Is Art Dead from November 3, 1966 at the Seattle Art Museum.)
West Coast Report (T. R. with Peter Selz), Art in America, 56, pp 98-101 (November, 1968).
R. Allen Jensen, Exhibition March 8 to March 23, 1969 (Introductory essay in the exhibition book), Tacoma, Washington (1969).
Skagit Valley Artists, Exhibition March 1 to April 14, 1974 (Introductory essay in the exhibition book), Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington (1974).
Is Feminismo Destroying Feminism? Notes on Nukes, Nookie, and Neo-Romanticism, Seattle Weekly, pp 11-15 (June 21, 1978). (Reprinted as Move over Macho, Here Comes Feminismo in dozens of other newspapers that summer.)
The Purpose of the Moon (In which Marylin Monroe is given Van Goghs ear), Playboy, 26, pp 237, 330 (January, 1979).
A Mix of Mahatma Gandhi & W. C. Fields (T. R. provides what is possibly the only truly objective, completely accurate, and absolutely comprehensive portrait of the man himself, an auto-interview), San Francisco Chronicle, pp 10-11 (September 28, 1980).
Why I Live Where I Live (T. R. discusses Burlington, Washington), Esquire, 94, pp 82-84 (October, 1980).
Ray Kroc Did it for You (Biography/discussion of Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds Corp.), Esquire, 100, pp 340-342, 344 (December, 1983).
A writers first obligation..., Fiction International, 15(1), p 24.
Tom Robbins: The Visual Arts (1963-1964) (Reprints of articles published in the Seattle Times and Seattle Post), J. Dille, Seattle, Washington (1985).
The Day the Earth Spit Warthogs (T. R. describes his trip to Tanzania), Esquire: Winter Traveler Special, 104, pp cover-1, 4, 6-7, 11-12 (October, 1985).
Wishing for Miltons Power and Tolstoys Zaniness (21 authors tell what they want from the Christmas muse, T. R. wants golf clubs), N. Y. Times Book Review, 90, pp 46-7 (December 8, 1985).
True adventure: Treks for the Sophisticated Traveler (T. R. with James Michener, Annie Dillard, Oliver Statler, Iris Love, Joel Meyerowitz, and Susan Brownmiller), N. Y. Times Magazine, 135, pp S8-S13 (March 16, 1986).
Writers Remember: American authors look back on their favorite cars (8 writers talk about their favorite cars, T. R. remembers his Caddy and his Z28), compiled by Peter Egan, Road & Track, 38, pp 108, 110, 112, 114, 118 (June, 1987).
Treasured Places (8 distinguished authors describe landscapes they hold dear, T. R. with Colin Fletcher, Galen Rowell, Edward Abbey, Barry Lopez, James Dickey, Edward Hoagland, and Peter Matthiessen), Life, 10, pp 35-42, 44 (July, 1987).
Ode to Redheads (T. R. sings the praises of redheads, illustrated), Gentlemens Quarterly, 58, pp 216-219 (June, 1988).
Remembering Joseph Campbell (5 people relate memories of Joseph Campbell), Utne Reader, pp 97-99, (September/October, 1988).
The Real Valley of the Dolls: At the end of a long, lonesome road in the middle of nowhere is ... the Gland Canyon (T. R. goes to Nevada, and lives to tell the tale), Esquire, 110, pp 202-206, 209 (December, 1988).
Women We Love: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (Brief song of desire for fiddler N. S.-S.), Esquire, 112, pp 172-173 (November, 1989).
The Kiss; Lets Tiptoe Through the Two Lips; A Valentine from Tom Robbins (Musings on the origins and usefullness of kissing), Playboy, 37, pp 92-93 (February, 1990).
Two in the Bush (T. R. describes his trip to Botswanas Okavango delta), Esquire, 113, pp 50, 54 (March, 1990).
The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History (by Terence McKenna with a foreward by T. R.), Harper, San Francisco (1992).
A Kiss is Still a Kiss ... Thank God! (Excerpt from the introduction to the book A Kiss is Just a Kiss edited by Bruce Velick, Harmony Books (1990)), Cosmopolitan, 210, pp 212-215, (February, 1991).
Yet Another Roadside Attraction: Seattles self-made cowgirl takes on the salt and pepper trade (T. R. describes Ruby Montanas collectibles shop, the Pinto Pony), House & Garden, 163, pp 38, 40 (August, 1991).
The Genius Waitress: an ode to women who serve (An ode to the well educated, underemployed waitress), Playboy, 38, pp 144-145 (December, 1991).
Women We Love: 1992 (Several related articles with T. R., Jimmy Breslin, Bill Geist, John Updike, Stanley Bing, Kurt Loder, Eric Bogosian, and Graydon Carter. T. R. writes of love for Karen Duffy), Esquire, 118, pp 78-91 (August, 1992).
Confessions of a Reluctant Sex Goddess (T. R. interviews Debra Winger), Esquire, 119(2), pp 70-76 (February, 1993).
You Gotta Have Soul. (60 Things Every Man Should Know), Esquire, 120(4), p 164 (October, 1993).
What Im Reading (A brief article), Entertainment Weekly, p 83 (November 19, 1993).
City Arts of San Francisco (A 59 minute, live recording of a lecture given by T. R. at an event hosted by Maya Angelou), Pacific Vista Productions: Petaluma, California (1994).
Mini, a natural high (T. R. discusses the glorious debut of the miniskirt and the doffing of the bra in the 1960s and 1970s, which together symbolized the rebellion against constraint--sexual, cultural, political, economic and religious--that characterized the era), New York Times, p C 1:2 (April 6, 1995).
My Favorite Thing (A survey of prominent writers and other celebrities), Esquire, 125(6), pp 65-83 (June, 1996).
Siegel, Mark. Tom Robbins, Western Writers Series, No. 42, Boise State University (1980). (Reviewed by A. Frietzsche, Western American Literature, 16(3), 1981.)
Nadeau, Robert. Readings from the New Book on Nature: Physics and Metaphysics in the Modern Novel, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst (1981).
Whitmer, Peter O. Aquarius Revisited: Seven who Created the Sixties Counterculture that Changed America; William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg, Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, Norman Mailer, Tom Robbins, Hunter S. Thompson, MacMillon, New York (1987).
McCaffery, Larry; Gregory, Sinda. Alive and writing: Interviews with American authors of the 1980s, University of Illinois Press (1987).
Whissen, Thomas R. Classic Cult Fiction: A Companion to Popular Cult Literature, Greenwood Press, New York (1992).
Portela, Maria Alejandra. John Barth, Thomas McGuane y Tom Robbins: A lo largo de la pluralidad whitmaniana, in Proceedings of XXVI Jornadas en la Facultad de Filosophy y Letras, University de Buenos Aires, Noviembre, 1993 (Costa Picazo, Rolando, Ed.), Buenos Aires: Asociacion Argentina de Estudios Americanos, pp. 221-29 (1994).
Batchelor, John Calvin. Package of the Artist as a Young Seer, Soho Weekly News (January 13, 1977).
Nathan, Paul S. Border Crossing (Disscussion of the publication history of T. R.s novels), Publishers Weekly, 211, p 52 (April 4, 1977).
Five Ws for the Counterculture (A brief introduction to T. R.), Horizon, 19, p 70 (May, 1977).
Mitchell, Greg. ...And Cowgirls Jumped Over the Moon, Crawdaddy, pp 29-33 (August, 1977).
Rogers, Michael. Taking Tom Robbins Seriously, Rolling Stone, pp 66-71 (November 17, 1977).
Ross, Mitchell S. Prince of the Paperback Literati, New York Times Magazine, pp 16-17+ (February 12, 1978). Readers responses published March 19 (p 110).
Truscott, Alan. Bantam Will Test 3-Way Publishing, New York Times, p C16 (February 4, 1980).
New Tom Robbins Novel to be Bantams First Hardcover (Article about the publishing of Still Life With Woodpecker), Publishers Weekly, 217, p 16 (February 8, 1980).
Fleischer, Leonore. Tom Robbins Never Gets the Blues, Washinton Post Book World, p 15 (February 10, 1980).
Sinisi, J. Sebastian. Tom Robbins...the Choice is Celibacy or World Series?, Denver Post, p D31 (October 17, 1980).
Dutton, Thomas. Behind the Best Sellers (Mostly general information about T. R. and the publishing buisness), N. Y. Times Book Review, 85, p 58 (October 19, 1980).
Strelow, Michael. Dialogue with Tom Robbins (Interview), Northwest Review, 20, pp 97-102 (1982).
Coburn, Randy Sue. Will the Real Robbins Please Stand Up (Profile/Interview), Atlanta Constitution, sec B, p 1, 8 (November 14, 1984). Also reprinted in several other newspapers, see: Los Angeles Times, 103, sec C, p 40 (November 18, 1984); Chicago Tribune, sec 5, p 1, 2 (December 14, 1984); and On Life, Goofiness, & Lunch, Houston Post, sec F, p 1, 10 (January 27, 1985).
Schmedel, Scott R. Tax Report (A brief reporting on T. R. et al. protesting a 1.5% tax on book reciepts), Wall Street Journal, p 1 (November 28, 1984).
Holiday gift books, plus new fiction by Tom Robbins and E. L. Doctorow (Short paragraph on/recomendation of Jitterbug Perfume), Playboy, 32, p 21-22 (January, 1985).
Whitmer, Peter O. Cosmic Comedian (Interview), Saturday Review, 11, pp 50-55 (January/February, 1985).
Dougherty, Steven. Cowgirls May Get the Blues, but not Tom Robbins, Who Pours it on in Jitterbug Perfume (Interview), People Weekly, 23, pp 123-125 (April 1, 1985).
Jenks, Tom. How Writers Live Today (Short paragraphs on 41 authors, T. R. on page 124), Esquire, 104, pp 123-127 (August, 1985).
Strickland, Bill. Joy in Spite of Everything: an interview with Tom Robbins (interview), (part 1) Writers Digest, 68, pp 30-34 (February, 1988); (part 2) Writers Digest, 68, pp 32-36 (March, 1988).
Harrington, Maureen. Tom Robbins Favors His Fans (T. R. does a book signing and honors some unusual requests), Denver Post, sec E, p 1 (April 10, 1990).
Balzer, John. Writer Tom Robbins: A Man of LaConner (biography/profile), Los Angeles Times, sec E, p 1 (April 6, 1990).
Egan, Timothy. Perfect Sentences, Imperfect Universe (Profile of T. R.), New York Times, pp C1, C3 (December 30, 1993).
(Interview with T. R. covering HAFP, The Movie, and mushrooms, also noteworthy revealing as it does T. R.s psoriasis, submitted by Jeffrey Pitman [jpitman@sdcc3.UCSD.EDU ]), The Oregonian (Late 1993 or early 1994).
Oldenberg, Ann. Women, Words, and Tom Robbins (Profile of T. R.), USA Today, p D4 (October 4, 1994).
Maryles, Daisy. A dynamic duo (Discusses Couplehood by Paul Reiser and Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by T. R.), Publishers Weekly, 241(37), p. 16 (September 12, 1994).
Crawford, S. F. Tom Robbins on Frog Pajamas, Cowgirls, and Nevadas Vulvic Petroglyphs (Interview with T. R., submitted by Sheri F. Crawford [firstname.lastname@example.org], who also has the interview on tape), Nevada Weekly, 2(40), pp 10-11 (October 5-11, 1994).
Streiffield, David. Signing to Oblige (Discusses T. R. and his book signing practices, including the court case brought against him by the author of Fuck Yes, see Haines, 1996), Washinton Post Book World, p 15 (December 25, 1994).
Young, Elizabeth. Sage of innocence (Profile of T. R.), Guardian, p 2:6 (January 4, 1995).
McDermott, Terry. A Collision of Sexual Eras at Blue Moon, The Seattle Times, p B1 (April 4, 1996). Abs: The subject at the Blue Moon Tavern last night was sex, 30 years after it was let loose, and the headliners were Dan Savage, the sex-advice columnist, and Tom Robbins, the novelist. The Barnumesque pairing of the man who made Hey Faggot a term of endearment and the man who brought Jesus back from the dead only to lose the body in the catacombs was guaranteed to bleed the Blue Moon keg pumps dry.
Haines, Thomas W. Author Autograph Tiff Ends In Settlement (Reports on the resolution of the court case brought by Nicholas Palmer after T. R. signed the book Fuck Yes, see Streiffield, 1994), The Seattle Times, p B3 (May 2, 1996).
Miller, Patricia E. Cleary. Reconciling Science and Mysticism: Characterisation in the Novels of Tom Robbins, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Kansas (1979, 1982).
Wells, Jere Aubrey. Of Time, Space and Magic: Selected Works of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Tom Robbins, M.A. Thesis, University of Georgia (1979).
Frazer, Thomas J. Tom Robbins, A Playful Prophet, Senior Honors Thesis, Dartmouth University (1982).
Hardy, Stephen Michael. A Rocky Voyage with the Counterculture: The Fiction of Tom Robbins, M.A. Thesis, Brown University (1982).
Howell, Pamela Rene. Reality as Fabulous: Fantasy as Rhetorical Imperative in the Contemporary American Novel, Ph.D. Thesis, Texas Christian University (1983).
Wheeler, Elizabeth Patricia. The Frontier Sensibility in Novels of Jack Kerouac, Richard Brautigan, and Tom Robbins, Ph.D. Thesis, SUNY, Stony Brook (1984).
Akers, Cynthia M. From Bubblegum to Personism: The Cycle of Choice in the Novels of Tom Robbins, M.A. Thesis, Emporia State University (1986). (Reprinted in Emporia State Research Studies, 38(2) (Spring 1992).
Jessee, Sharon Adele. A Monotony of Fine Weather: Imagined Worlds in Contemporary American Fiction, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Tulsa (1986).
Melrose, Linda Williams. The Creative Personality and the Creative Process: A Qualitative Perspective, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Georgia (1987).
Watt, Robert Sidney. Edgar Allan Poes Pajamas: Irreverence and Reader Participation in the Novels of Tom Robbins, M.A. Thesis, Dalhousie University, Canada (1989).
Audette, Priscilla. Tom Robbins Penetrating the Bounds of Confinement, M.A. Paper, North Dakota State University (1990).
Brown, Sheila Goodman. A Carnival of Fears: Affirmation in the Postmodern American Grotesque, Ph.D. Thesis, Florida State University (1992).
Buechler, Mark. The Infinite Goof: Phsychedelic Drugs and American Fiction of the 1960s (Aldous Huxley, Hunter S. Thompson, Carlos Castaneda, Ken Kesey, and Tom Robbins), Ph.D. Thesis, Indiana University (1992).
Focht-Hansen, Jane. Spirituality in the Novels of Tom Robbins, M.A. Thesis, St. Marys University (1992).
MacKinnon, Paul Wilfred. Paperbacks, Romanticism, and High-foolishness: Popular Articulation and the Novels of Tom Robbins, A.B. Thesis, Harvard University (1992).
Gottschall, Claudia. Unspeakable Visions: Beat Consciousness and its Textual Representation, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Oregon (1993).
Klinzman, Jeffrey Lloyd. Subjectivity: The Textual Enactment of Alternity in the Pursuit of Social Transformation, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Iowa (1993).
Shin, Doo-ho. The Aesthetics of Indeterminacy: A Meeting Ground Between Eastern Mysticism and Postmodernism and Selected Novels by Tom Robbins, Richard Brautigan, and Robert Pirsig, Ph.D. Thesis, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1993).
Townsend, Julie Elaine. Tom Robbins as Fabulator, M.A. Thesis, University of North Carolina, Charlotte (1993).
Hooper, Brad. Booklist, 90(22), p 1992 (August, 1994).
Publishers Weekly, 241(33), p 86 (August 15, 1994).
Kirkus Reviews, p 1081 (August 15, 1994).
Shriver, Jerry. Robbins Frog is a fun leap of faith, USA Today, p 1D (August 26, 1994).
Solomon, Andy. Robbins looks good in Frog Pajamas, San Francisco Chronicle, p G6 (September 6, 1994).
Donahugh, Robert H. Library Journal, 119(15), p 92 (September 15, 1994).
Stoltje, Mark. Robbins romps in surreal Half Asleep, Houston Chronicle, p Z20 (September 18, 1994).
Elbling, Peter. Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song, Los Angeles Times Book Review, p 3 (September 25, 1994).
Gunter, Brenda. Robbins blurs fantasy, fact, Houston Post, p G11 (October 9, 1994).
Steffens, Daneet. Entertainment Weekly, p 62 (October 21, 1994).
Karbo, Karen. The Oceans Zither, New York Times Book Review, p 27 (October 30, 1994). A reader, S. Wittenstein, upset with Karens evaluation wrote a response letter: Woo-Woo Philosophizing, p 39 (November 27, 1994).
Petrakos, Chris. Tom Robbins latest overdoes the quirkiness, Chicago Tribune, p 5:2 (November 17, 1994).
Rucker, Rudy. The Transcendent Wisdom of Amphibians, Washinton Post Book World, p 5 (December 18, 1994).
Curwen, Thomas. People Weekly, 43(2), p 31-2 (January 16, 1995).
Solomon, Charles. Paperbacks (Book Review-Favorable), Los Angeles Times, p BR, 11:2 (December 24, 1995).
(Dutch) Cowgirls zijn ook niet van beton, Agathon, Bussum (1979)
(French) Meme les Cow-girls ont les bleus, Editions lEtincelle, Montreal (1978).
(Hungarian) Olykor a kovgorl is elandalodhat, Translated by Koppany Marton, Kalligram.
(Italian) Il nuovo sesso: cowgirl, Baldini e Castoldi, Milano, (1994).
(German) Sissy-Schicksalsjahre einer Tramperin, Rowohlt, Hamburg (1976).
(Spanish) Tambien las vaqueras sienten melancolia, Ediciones Grijalbo, Barcelona (1978).
(Spanish) El chink y el pueblo del reloj in Tu lugar esta vacio y otras novelas. Las mejores historias cortas de la literatura norteamericana, 1977, Editores Mexicanos Asociados: Mexico (1980). (Translation of The Best American Short Stories, 1977.)
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, read by Michael Nouri (9 tapes), Dove Audio, Beverly Hills, CA (1993). Reviewed by Preston Hoffman, Book Sounds, Wilson Library Bulletin, 68(9), pp 103-104 (May, 1994); also reviewed in Publishers Weekly, 240(36), pp 34-35 (September 6, 1993).
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, read by Barry Bostwick (9 tapes), Dove Audio, Beverly Hills, CA (1995).