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Robert Flynn is a professor emeritus, Trinity University and a native of Chillicothe, Texas, is the author of over a dozen books. Seven novels: North To Yesterday (Knopf, 1967), In the House of the Lord (Knopf, 1969), The Sounds of Rescue, The Signs of Hope (Knopf, 1970, TCU, 1988), Wanderer Springs (TCU Press, 1987), The Last Klick (Baskerville, 1994), The Devil's Tiger (TCU Press, 2000), co-authored with the late Dan Klepper, and Tie-Fast Country (TCU, 2001). His dramatic adaptation of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying was the United States entry at the Theater of Nations in Paris in 1964 and won a Special Jury Award. He is also the author of a two-part documentary, A Cowboy Legacy, shown on ABC-TV, a nonfiction narrative, A Personal War in Vietnam (Texas A&M, 1989), an oral history, When I Was Just Your Age (Univ. of North Texas Press, 1992), two story collections, Seasonal Rain (Corona, 1986) and Living With The Hyenas, and two collections of essays, Growing Up a Sullen Baptist and Other Lies (UNT Press, 2001) and Slouching Toward Zion (UNT Press, 2004).

Flynn is also a regular contributor to The Door: The World's Pretty Much Only Magazine of Religious Satire.

North to Yesterday received awards from the Texas Institute of Letters and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the New York Times. (It is also the funniest cowboy novel ever written.) Seasonal Rain was co-winner of the Texas Literary Festival Award. Wanderer Springs received a Spur Award from Western Writers of America. Living With the Hyenas received a Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Flynn's work has been translated into German, Spanish, Dutch, Afrikaans, Malayalam, Arabic, Tamil, Hindi, Kanada, and Vietnamese. Flynn is a member (and past president) of The Texas Institute of Letters, The Writers Guild of America, Marine Corps Combat Correspondents, and P.E.N. In 1998, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Texas Institute of Letters.

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