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Critical acclaim for Rob Couteau's novel, Doctor Pluss:

"Amazingly beautiful, haunting prose. It's a great book."
-- Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno,

author of:
An Invisible Spectator:
A Biography of Paul Bowles

(Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

The Continual Pilgrimage:
American Writers in Paris

(Grove Press / Bloomsbury)


"Intellectual freshness, richness and potency ...
An impressively creative writer, whom Barney Rosset urged me to review."

-- Jim Feast,

author of Neo Phobe (with Ron Kolm; Autonomedia)
from his
Evergreen Review essay on
Doctor Pluss
and Collected Couteau.

'Letters from Paris' is an epistolary memoir that chronicles the life of an American expatriate in Paris in the 1990s.

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Excerpts from Letters from Paris:

- The Prisoner


Rob Couteau is a writer and visual artist from Brooklyn. In the mid-1980s he was director of a nonprofit agency that provided advocacy, housing, and counselling for former psychiatric patients, in New York City. He's the author of the novel Doctor Pluss; the literary anthology Collected Couteau, the memoirs Letters from Paris and The Paris Journals, and the poetry collection The Sleeping Mermaid. In 1985 he won the North American Essay Award, a competition open to North American writers and sponsored by the American Humanist Association.

His work as a literary critic, interviewer, and social commentator has been featured in books such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera: A Reader’s Guide, by Thomas Fahy, Conversations with Ray Bradbury, ed. Steven Aggelis, and David Cohen’s Forgotten Millions, a book about the homeless mentally ill.

His poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in over thirty-five magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including The Alembic; Anima; Arete; Bloomsbury Review; Cadillac Cicatrix; Chrysalis; Colere; Confluent Educational Journal; Croton Review; The European; Footwork; The Garden State; The Hawaii Pacific Review; Heavenbone; The Humanist; The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy; Lapis; Lift Magazine; New Leaves Review; The Paris Voice; Passager; Quantum; Raintaxi; Rockhurst Review; Spring; Venice Magazine; Versitude; West Hills Review; White Pelican Review; Xanadu; and Z Miscellaneous.

After living in Paris for twelve years, he returned to the U.S. in December 2000. He currently resides in upstate New York.



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Updated: 14 Jan. 2013 | Copyright © 2013 by Rob Couteau All rights reserved.