Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2013 he became the seventeenth recipient of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature.

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Alleys of Eden

First Book (1981)

Paris in the Dark

Latest Book (2018)

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Pulitzer Book (1993)

Watch for Robert Olen Butler's new novel Perfume River and his 40-city book tour beginning September 6th

 What I so like about Perfume River is its plainly-put elegance. Enough time has passed since Viet Nam that its grave human lessons and heartbreaks can be-with a measure of genius-almost simply stated. Butler's novel is a model for this heartbreaking simplicity and grace.

~ Richard Ford ~

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Click here to watch the "Lost" Episode 8!

The "lost" eigth session of Robert Olen Butler's "Inside Creative Writing," in which Butler suffers a setback and writes what he later describes as "abstract crap." Both the iTunes and official FSU YouTube versions of this episode cut to black at the 20-minute mark.

"I'll never stop believing it: Robert Olen Butler is the best living American writer, period."

---- Jeff Guinn, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Scholars: Robert Olen Butler's complete archive resides at

Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Beinecke Rare Book Manuscript Library Yale University Hewitt Quadrangle New Haven Connecticut Apr 2014

Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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