Robert Lamb

Location South Carolina
Occupation writer

Books by Robert Lamb
  • by Robert Lamb
    Harbor House, 2004-09.

  • by Robert Lamb
    Red Letter Press, 2009.

  • by Robert Lamb
    Permanent Press (NY), 1991-08.

  • by Robert Lamb, Charles C. Curran
    Red Letter Press, 2006.

  • by Robert Lamb, Chris Horn
    Red Letter Press, 1998.

  • by Cooper Riverbridge
    Red Letter Press, 2009.

  • by Robert Lamb
    CreateSpace, 2011.

  • by Robert Lamb
    Red Letter Press, 2011.

  • by Robert Lamb
    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.
  • About Me

    I taught writing and American literature at the University of South Carolina for 20 years after my first novel, Striking Out, was published and nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Now retired, I continue to write fiction and I review books for The New York Journal of Books. I've published three other novels: Atlanta Blues, A Majority of One, And Tell Tchaikovsky the News. My latest book is a collection of stories and poems titled Six of One, Half Dozen of Another. Always ready to talk writing, I can be reached at

    Why do you write?

    1) Trying to write good and true sentences motivates me.
    2) Some things just are.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    Thomas Hardy is my all-time favorite novelist, I think. William Somerset Maugham is a long-time favorite short-story writer. I also like Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway, Phillip Roth, Carson McCullers, Proust, Tennessee Williams, Margaret Mitchell, Dickens, Eudora Welty, Tim O'Brien. That fellow Shakespeare wasn't bad, either.
    Best novel I ever read was Flaubert's Madam Bovary, and I like all of Hardy's better-known novels, especially Far From the Madding Crowd. A more modern choice is Roth's American Pastoral. Another is O'Brien's The Things They Carried.

    Robert Lamb's Wall

    James Claffey – May 30, 2012

    cheers for the comment on humpty dumpty!

    Larry Strattner – Dec 09, 2011

    Downloaded Majority of One today 12-8 @7:15pm (didn't want you to think I forgot you. Looking forward to the read. :-)

    Robert Lamb – Dec 08, 2011

    Attn: Fellow writers. Don't make the mistake I did in publishing two books close together. A Majority of One (the prologue of which appears here, on Fictionaut) is getting all the attention. The other, Six of One, Half Dozen of Another (Stories & Poems), is getting none. Never again!

    Robert Lamb – Sep 10, 2011

    Larry! Good to hear from you. Good to hear that you have a book close to publication. Be sure to keep me advised. I want to see it. Smashwords adapts for all E-readers. The tricky part is converting the ms. for Smashwords. The do-it-yourself route is tedious beyond words, so I hire it done for $25. Email me at and I'll send you the details.

    Larry Strattner – Sep 10, 2011

    I noticed you have a book out. Having a Kindle I will be sure to read AMoO.
    I was shooting to publish a pulp effort of mine on Kindle but I may go with smashwords now that you alerted me to them. Thanks for that.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Sep 19, 2010

    Thanks for reading Back in an Hour. I'll check out the new e-mag. Thank you for letting me know.

    Jane Hammons – Sep 11, 2010

    Thanks for the suggestion, Bob.

    James Lloyd Davis – Aug 05, 2010

    Thanks for catching the right arm resting on the door error. Fixed it.

    Krista Clement – Aug 05, 2010

    Thanks for the review Bob! I appreciate the time you took to comment and read.

    Robert Lamb – Aug 04, 2010

    Boys Catholic was a Marist Brothers school. The parish I grew up in was Jesuit: Sacred Heart. I can't decide which was toughest.
    My old church, a wonder of Gothic architecture, was long ago deconsecrated (is that the word?). Sign of the times, I guess.
    Re teaching, I love it at the college level. Hated it at the public high school level. Two entirely different worlds.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Aug 03, 2010

    Thank you for reading Garden Light. Much appreciated. I hope to teach, too, after I complete my MFA.

    I think the monks of Belmont Abbey founded the high school you attended or at least taught there at some point.

    Robert Lamb – Jul 20, 2010

    And I yours, Mykell. One might say that one Original Sin leads to another.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jul 20, 2010

    Bob, thanks for reading Unoriginal Sin. I'm looking forward to reading more of your good writing.

    Robert Lamb – Jul 20, 2010

    Kari, Jerry, Mykell, the pleasure was mine. I love good writing.

    Kari Nguyen – Jul 20, 2010

    Bob, thank you for your comments on Star Anise. I appreciate the read very much!!

    Kari Nguyen – Jul 19, 2010

    Hi Bob, thank you so much for taking the time to read Miss. So glad you liked it.

    Jerry Ratch – Jul 17, 2010

    Thank you, Bob! And welcome!

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