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William Kotzwinkle

Author of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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About the Author

William Kotzwinkle was born in 1938 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He attended Rider College and Pennsylvania State University.He worked as an editor and writer in the 1960s. William Kotzwinkle is an accomplished author who is best known for his book of the film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, but who has show more produced a range of work for both adults and children that often transgresses genre boundaries and the distinction between serious and popular fiction. Beginning as a children's writer with The Fireman, he then published novels for adults such as Hermes 3000, The Fan Man, and Queen of Swords, which began to establish him as an original and distinctive novelist. But it was Doctor Rat that made his reputation as a powerful fantasy writer with a sharp satirical edge. The novel focuses upon laboratory rats whose spokesman, the Doctor Rat of the title, eventually escapes from the vast laboratory where experiments on his fellow-creatures are taking place, and whose adventures are interwoven with shorter tales told by animals of different kinds who finally try to form a whole that will make humans more peaceful and benign. But they are all killed. William Kotzwinkle is a novelist and poet, who is known for his broad range of style and subject. He is a two-time recipient of the National Magazine Award for Fiction, a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee. He lives with his wife, author Elizabeth Gundy, in Maine. He has won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Doctor Rat in 1977. He published The Million Dollar Bear in 1994. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by William Kotzwinkle

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 1,070 copies
Walter the Farting Dog (2001) 1,061 copies
The Bear Went Over the Mountain (1995) — Author — 665 copies
The Fan Man (1974) 474 copies
Doctor Rat (1976) 358 copies
Fata Morgana (1977) 261 copies
The Midnight Examiner (1989) 184 copies
Swimmer in the Secret Sea (1975) 150 copies
The Game of Thirty (1994) 140 copies
The Exile (1987) 94 copies
Superman III (1983) 91 copies
The Amphora Project (2005) 90 copies
Jack in the Box (1947) 78 copies
Elephant Bangs Train (1971) 78 copies
Hot Jazz Trio (1989) 66 copies
Christmas at Fontaine's (1982) 60 copies
Queen of Swords (1983) 59 copies
Night Book (1974) 54 copies
Jewel of the Moon (1985) 30 copies
Hermes 3000 (1972) 23 copies
The Million-Dollar Bear (1995) 22 copies
Great World Circus (1983) 22 copies
Hearts of Wood (1994) 17 copies
Seduction in Berlin (1985) 15 copies
Leopard's Tooth (1976) 15 copies
The Nap Master (1979) 9 copies
Bloody martini (2023) 8 copies
The Return of Crazy Horse (1971) 7 copies
The Day the Gang Got Rich (1970) 4 copies
Dream Of Dark Harbor (1979) 4 copies
The Firemen (1969) 3 copies
Book of Love (1990) [video recording] (2004) — Writer — 3 copies
1998 1 copy
El exiliado (Andanzas) (1988) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Contributor — 360 copies
Devils & Demons: A Treasury of Fiendish Tales Old & New (1991) — Contributor — 254 copies
Elsewhere: Tales of Fantasy (1982) — Contributor — 143 copies
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 70 copies
The Literary Lover: Great Stories of Passion and Romance (1993) — Contributor — 50 copies
The Sixth Omni Book of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 46 copies
Omni Magazine February 1985 (1985) — Contributor — 3 copies
Other Nations: Animals in Modern Literature (2010) — Contributor — 3 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 2, October 1980 — Contributor — 2 copies


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Tommy Martini is summoned from the Mexican monastery where he has sequestered himself for five years after inadvertently killing a man with a punch. Tommy’s uncle Vittorio, a corrupt and wealthy priest, “an operator in a turned-around collar,” is dying and wants to see Tommy in Arizona.

Much to other family members surprise and consternation, Vittorio leaves Tommy the bulk of his substantial estate. Of course, trouble accompanies the inheritance. Tommy has some debts and vendettas to resolve, some killing to conduct, a couple of new-agey women to end his vow of chastity with. There are a lot of bodies to dispose of until Tommy can rid himself of some, not all, of the loot and earthly possessions and return to the life of a monk, if that’s what he chooses.

It seems that William Kotzwinkle can write, and write extremely well, in any genre he chooses, including crime. In this case crime fiction with a large dose of humor. I see there’s already a sequel to this book, so I’ll be looking for that.
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Hagelstein | Nov 18, 2023 |
I liked this book, it’s almost like a dream describing the creation of this monument. Be aware that one tool(a drill) is described as a demon.
FamiliesUnitedLL | Nov 3, 2023 |
The story of a botanist, stranded on an alien planet. Well done.
mykl-s | Aug 12, 2023 |
When you can't tell the humour apart from the deep multifaceted societal commentary, because it's not funny, and doesn't seem like deep commentary either, well, then you've found this book.

There's got to be more there than I found in this novel, but for me it wasn't worth the time spent looking for it.
furicle | 2 other reviews | Aug 5, 2023 |



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