Tom Robbins Biography

Tom Robbins is a best-selling seriocomic author. Explore this interesting biography to learn more about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Tom Robbins

Quick Facts

Also known as: Thomas Eugene Robbins (English)
Gender: Male
Birthday: 22 July 1932
Nationality: American
Sun Sign: Cancer
Education: Virginia Commonwealth University

Although Tom Robbins has authored a relatively small range of novels, he has carved a niche for himself as one of the best seriocomic authors of the 21st century. The reason for this sort of scarcity with his novels is because he never counted on the number of books that he wrote. For him, it was all about the quality and all about perfecting each sentence, from the start of a phrase to the full-stop at the end. His career now banks upon a mere nine novels in twenty-five years, which has nevertheless, managed to draw a large fan following and has created a new ‘seriocomic’ cult; one with the perfect amalgam of reality, comedy and drama. His novels are characteristic of their outrageous characters, mystical philosophy, riveting, yet playful plot lines. Aside his novels, he has also penned a number of short-stories and essays. However, his most recognizable work yet is ‘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues’. The same was adapted into a major motion picture, starring Gus Van Sant, Uma Thurman and Keanu Reeves. A poignant writer, Robbins has been awarded a number of significant awards and honors for his works in literature. To find out more about this interesting personality, scroll further.

Tom Robbins

Although Tom Robbins has authored a relatively small range of novels, he has carved a niche for himself as one of the best seriocomic authors of the 21st century. The reason for this sort of scarcity with his novels is because he never counted on the number of books that he wrote. For him, it was all about the quality and all about perfecting each sentence, from the start of a phrase to the full-stop at the end. His career now banks upon a mere nine novels in twenty-five years, which has nevertheless, managed to draw a large fan following and has created a new ‘seriocomic’ cult; one with the perfect amalgam of reality, comedy and drama. His novels are characteristic of their outrageous characters, mystical philosophy, riveting, yet playful plot lines. Aside his novels, he has also penned a number of short-stories and essays. However, his most recognizable work yet is ‘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues’. The same was adapted into a major motion picture, starring Gus Van Sant, Uma Thurman and Keanu Reeves. A poignant writer, Robbins has been awarded a number of significant awards and honors for his works in literature. To find out more about this interesting personality, scroll further.

Childhood & Early Life

Tom Robbins was born on July 22, 1932 in North Carolina, United States, to George Thomas Robbins and Katherine Belle Robinson.
He graduated from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia in 1950, where he won the Senior Essay Medal. The next year, he studied at Washington and Lee University and majored in Journalism.
However, he did not complete his degree and left before the end of his sophomore year after he was disciplined by the fraternity for his bad behavior.
He was enlisted in the Air Force in 1953 and for one year, he worked as a meteorologist in Korea and the following two years in Nebraska, where he served in the Special Weather Intelligence Unite of the Strategic Air Command.
He was discharged from service in 1957 and returned to Richmond, Virginia, where he began taking interest in poetry. He soon enrolled at the Richmond Professional Institute and worked on the sports desk of the daily Richmond Times.
Robbins completed his Masters at the Far East Institute of the University of Washington. During this time, he also worked for the Seattle Times as an art critic.

Career

In 1965, he began writing columns for the arts for the Seattle Magazine.
It was in 1967 he claimed that he finally discovered his passion for writing and literary works after he wrote a review for the rock band, ‘The Doors’.
The same year, he wrote his first novel, ‘Another Roadside Attraction’ (1971) and after he shifted to La Conner, Washington, he authored nine more novels.
In 1976, he published his most famous novel, ‘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues’. His other works include ‘Still Life with Woodpecker’ (1980), ‘Jitterbug Perfume’ (1984), ‘Skinny Legs and All’ (1990) and ‘Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas’ (1994).
In the 1980’s, he regularly published a number of articles and essays for Esquire magazine and has also contribute columns through the 90’s to magazines like GQ, Playboy and Life.
He spent three works at ceremonial sites in Central America and Mexico with a famous mythologist, Joseph Campbell and even worked closely with poet, Robert Bly.
He embarked on a solo pilgrimage to Timbuktu for some inspiration for his works. For eight long years he was an enthusiastic participant in Seattle’s SPAM carving competition, where he also served as a judge.
He authored ‘Fierce Invalids Home from hot Climates’ (2000), ‘Villa Incognito’ (2003), ‘Wild Ducks Flying Backward’ (2005) and ‘B is for Beer’ (2009).
He is currently on the advisory board of the ‘Marijuana Policy Project’ and is listed on the board of directors of 826 Seattle.

Major Works

‘Even Cowgirls Get The Blues’ is a 1976 novel by Tom Robbins and is considered one of his greatest works, so much that the novel was made into a film in 1993 starring Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves and Gus Van Sant.
The novel has been considered hippie and was also adapted by the Seattle Book-It Repertory Theatre into a stage production. The novel was also the inspiration for an album and three songs for the bands, ‘The Velvet Underground’, ‘Nightmare of You’ and ‘The Gaslight Anthem’.

Awards & Achievements

Golden Umbrella Award, 1997
He was named one of the ‘100 Best Writers of the 20th Century’ by Writers Digest, 2000
Literary Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012

Personal Life & Legacy

Tom Robbins admitted to the usage of LSD during the early days of his career.
He is currently married to Alexa D’Avalon and they have a dog, Blini Tomato Titanium. He has been married before and has three sons from his earlier marriages.
Robbins has defended in print, the teachings of the Indian Spiritual Leader, Osho. However, he never practiced Osho’s way of life.

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June 11, 2019

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