The official Russell Hoban website

Welcome to russellhoban.org, providing definitive information and the latest news about the late novelist Russell Hoban and his work.

Russell Hoban's Apple IIe

This is Russell Hoban's own Apple IIe computer, acquired in the mid-1980s, on which he wrote a number of books including the 1987 classic The Medusa Frequency. The computer recently turned up in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Yale University as part of their acquisition of the Russell Hoban Papers. (Photo: Matthew Kirschenbaum. Used with permission.)

Latest news & features

An archive of Russell Hoban's manuscripts as well as his classic word processor have found a home in the legendary US university.

John Foley SA4QE 2015

Russell Hoban fans around the world are invited to celebrate the late writer's words on 4th February with the traditional "SA4QE".

Between September 2002 and March 2005, Russell Hoban contributed to his own discussion forum, The Kraken. In the second of a 2-part feature, Richard Cooper looks back over a selection of his posts.

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

But the reality of it is that all of us are more than a little crazy and there is a craziness in the human situation. The ancient Greeks put a name to that craziness, they called it Dionysus, and having given it a name they could take it into account….What I’m saying is that it’s a strange and frightening thing to be a human being, to partake of the mystery and madness of human consciousness

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Sample site content and links

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Colin Midson of Bloomsbury Publishing talks to Russell Hoban about his then-new novel The Bat Tattoo, as well as Riddley Walker, his love of film and his writing methods.
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2008 interview, heavy on the creative process, with biographical elements and an unfortunate typo "The Peloponnesian Wart".
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Complete interview with Russell Hoban from the Serpentine Map Marathon event, London 16 October 2010, in which the author talks about how maps have influenced him and his work from his childhood to the present day.
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At the bottom of this page, Russell Hoban's 2001 novel Amaryllis Night and Day is listed among Jenny Colgan's summer book choice dated 19th July 2002. You can download a .ram file to listen on your own audio player (not tested).
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Article for Sports Illustrated dated 18 March 1957 in which, "with rare and human insight, Russell Hoban re-creates in words and a painting the bright moment when young Floyd Patterson changed forever and became Heavyweight Champion of the World".
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Brief tribute to Russell Hoban from a magazine which ran an interview with the author in 2011.
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Russell Hoban continues his reading to the San Diego audience started in part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTj5912_yX4). For full background info on these videos please see http://www.russellhoban.org/link/russell-hoban-at-the-san-diego-state-university-october-17-1990-part-1
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Pins curated by Dave Awl
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Brief word-sketches from 1957 issue of Sports Illustrated. May have accompanied an original drawing or painting, which are not included.
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Facebook page for the SA4QE activity.
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A transcription of a talk by Russell Hoban given to the 1970 Exeter conference on children's literature, published in the journal "Children's Literature in Education" (March 1971, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 5-23).
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Stuart Kelly enthuses about The Mouse and His Child in the Guardian: "it is a profound little book – the equal, in some ways, to the Alice books."
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Legendary novelist Salman Rushdie includes the "unjustly forgotten" Riddley Walker in a list of his favourite "surrealist" novels.

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