Robert Gover

Obituary
  • "I got to know Robert via email correspondence during the..."
    - Jim Cherry
  • "About 1960 in Manhattan, my friend the artist Clay Spohn..."
    - David Beasley
  • "A dear friend and mentor. Robert wrote with a pen from God,..."
    - Chrissy Coleman-Kannewurf
  • "As I ponder the loss of Robert I think of the day he and..."
    - Pamela Bergmann
  • "I credited my thanks to Robert Gover in every book I wrote...."
    - Rick Zabel

1929 - 2015
J. Robert Gover, an inspiration to many and a mentor to hundreds of writers, passed away at his Rehoboth Beach home on Monday, Jan 12, 2015, at the age of 85. He is the author of the cult classic One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding, which was called "sensational" by Henry Miller and lauded by Gore Vidal, Joseph Heller, and other literary lions. Robert continued to write bestselling satirical novels during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The Maniac Responsible was dubbed "brilliant" by Newsweek magazine, and Poorboy at the Party, with its razor view of society, foresaw the future we are living a half-century after its publication. In later years, he wrote nonfiction books on economic astrology, as well as three additional works of fiction. Robert generously served the literary community for six decades, and in 2013, the Gover Prize, an international literary award, was established in his honor. He is survived by Carolyn, his wife of 27 years; sons, Bryant and Damian Gover; stepson, Rob Landphair; and three stepdaughters, Jeannette, Juliette, and Nicole Landphair. Robert had five grandchildren, Amanda and Lauren Dickerson; Katie and Sammy Henneke; and Ivy Rose Gover.
Published on NYTimes.com from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2015