Ross Abrams
The Perfect Soldier

Ross Abrams was born in Virginia in 1920. He was an art student who earned a BFA just before the U.S. went to war. He enlisted in the army and served for three years in the infantry. He was an important map maker and helped higher ups plan specific battles en route to the liberation of Rome in the Italian campaign. He refused the offer of a higher rank than sergeant. He was “the perfect soldier,” he was wounded three times and was highly decorated. After the war he and his family settled on the island of Mallorca in Spain, where he pursued the life of an artist. His wife Mary Tatum was also an accomplished artist. Ross died there in 2006 after a fall.

John Akins
Nam Au Go Go

John Akins joined the Marine Corps in 1967 because he was eligible for the draft and wanted to serve two years and get on with his life. He was just 19 years old. He did not expect to be an infantry point man slogging to the combat base at Khe Sanh during the 1968 Tet Offensive. The impact of violence and death changed his life. He was plunged into the Heart of Darkness, as Joseph Conrad called it. He found himself “beyond good and evil, beyond fear, beyond sex and death, in the dark interior of the human mind and soul, detached, addicted to danger and violence.” He spent thirteen months in jungle heat and close combat. He learned to survive. Many were killed all around him, and he became a killer. “I’d fallen in love with the Vietnamese Goddess of War,” he said in Nam Au Go Go.

Robert J. Alexander
The Four Greatest Presidents

After serving in the U.S. Airforce in WWII, Robert Alexander became an important figure in the  government’s  coverage of  Latin American affairs. He was  a prolific writer, and his collection of interviews with imortant political people has become a significant scholarly treasure. He taught at Rutgers University for many years.


Jeffery J. Bartone
Marude X

Jeffery J. Bartone is from western Pennsylvania. He went to college in that state but then went off to Rhode Island to do his doctoral work. With a PhD in hand he got a job teaching at Edinboro College, University of Pennsylvania where he is now a tenured professor. He is a clever writer with a sense of humor and aware of modern subjects that might be satirized. Marude X is a very promising first novel. It has been described as “a hilarious postmodern romp.”

Theodore Buzzeo
Memoirs of an Immigrant

Theodore Buzzeo was born in 1905, came to America from Italy at sixteen, raised a family, and died at ninety-two. It was not until he was eighty-eight years old that he began to write these memoirs, and he did not finish the book until shortly before his death. What is revealed here is that Theodore was not merely a poor Italian peasant; he was an extraordinary person with a sharp mind. He had a passion for culture and the instincts of an animal. He was, above all, a survivor, a stranger in a strange land, a hunter with courage and cunning. He was a laborer, a truck driver, a boxer who weighed only 120 pounds and had a missing thumb. A gun had exploded in his hand in Italy. Later on, he was a butcher and a professional hunter who worked on a game farm in upstate New York. He knew all about opera and guns. He read Dante and he trained hunting dogs. He could talk to anyone from a homeless tramp to the Governor of New York. One of his good friends was Edward R. Murrow, the famous journalist. Even in his broken English, Theodore could entertain us with stories that were sometimes tragic, sometimes amusing, and often confessional.

Brewster Chamberlin
Mediterranean Sketches

He has taught at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Europe, and has served in several positions at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. He is currently on the faculty of the Durrell School of Corfu and is writing a novel about 20th Century Berlin. He currently lives in Key West, Florida, but has spent much time in travels, especially in Europe. Among his other books is Paris Now and Then.

Michael G. Cornelius
Creating Man

Michael G. Cornelius was born in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. After spending several years moving up and down the Eastern seaboard, he decided to live in Rhode Island, at least for a while. Creating Man begins where the creation myth leaves off—with the eighth day, when God, through the intervention of the archangel Michael, invents emotion. As each new feeling is brought forth, the novel dissolves into a depiction of that emotion, manifested through the relationship of two gay men.

Niko DeMaria

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Collage is defined as “an artistic arrangement of fragments.” Niko DeMaria goes beyond the usual collage. His compositions are complex and full of references to modern as well as classical works of art and literature. There is considerable humor in his creations. He was born in England and has dual American and English citizenship. He graduated from Parsons School of Design and went to work with Saatchi & Saatchi, a very large advertising firm. Part of his program was taken at the Otis campus and another part at St.Martin’s in London. After some years in the  advertising business he and his wife Vanessa went to Europe for several years, partly Spain and partly England. Back in the U.S., Niko had a series of exhibitions of his unique paintings. His studio is in an old barn and silo on Long Island, a work of art in itself.

Robert DeMaria
Sons and Brothers

Robert DeMaria was born in New York City and grew up during the Great Depression of the ‘thirties. His family came from Italy about 1880 and settled in Greenwich Village where there was a large Italian population. DeMaria is the fourth generation of his family to live in the Village. He took his BA degree  and PhD  at Columbia University. Many of his novels take place in the City. Others take place in Europe, where he has spent a lot of time. He has a second home in Mallorca, Spain, where he spends three or four months every year. He established The Mediterranean Review and later on The Vineyard Press. Among his authors there are such writers as Robert Graves, Anthony Burgess, Tennessee Williams, Pablo Neruda, Charles Bukowski, Eugenio Montale, and Paul Bowles. He was a Professor of English, an editor  in New York, a Dean at the New School and Director of an overseas program for American students. He has published eighteen novels and several textbooks. “What Hemingway did for the twenties in The Sun Also Rises, DeMaria does here for the ‘sixties,” wrote Anthony Burgess of Don Juan in Lourdes.

Lorraine Duffy Merkl
Fat chick

Lorraine Duffy Merkl is a New Yorker and a gradudate of Fordam University. She is a free-lance writer whose work has appeared in many local publications, including The New York Times and New York Post. She often writes on subjects that are of interest to women. She was recently named Humor Writer of the Month by the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. She is also a freelance advertising copywriter. Lorraine, her husband and two children divide their time  between Manhattan and Montauck , Long Island. Fat Chick is her first novel.

Alfred Duhrssen
Difficult Women

Alfred Duhrssen was born in the U.S.A. but spent most of his adult life in Europe. He held two doctorate degrees but taught for only a short time at the University of Chicago. As a combat engineer during WWII he learned that love and war were not far apart. He settled in the village of Deya on the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean, where he spent much of his time reading and writing. His first book, Memoir of an Aged Child, received a rave review in The New York Times. After many years he decided to publish Difficult Women. The book is about how difficult women can be. Apparently they were for him. He was a brilliant scholar and an excellent writer.

Kate Emburg and Michael G. Cornelius
Susan Slutt

This satirical treatment of the Nancy Drew novels has been created by two young and promising writers. “Meet Susan Slutt, Girl Detective. Find out why so many people are splitting their sides reading this outrageous, gender-bending, detective genre spoof, written as related short stories, or tales, Susan Slutt follows our favorite sleuth along with her ‘friends’ and enemies through a series of unforgettable discoveries, including who killed Gooseberry the Cat...”

Robert Goulet
Tales of Fornalutx

Robert Goulet was born in French Canada in timber country, far from any large city or the English. The Catholic church was dominant and sometimes harsh in its discipline and rituals. His first novel, A Violent Season, reveals his attutude towards the place where he was born. He left Canada at an early age and wound up in the United States. He eventually settled in Mallorca, Spain, in a magnificent mansion in Fornalutx, a peasant village in the mountains. He calls these stories “tales,”which suggests that the narrative style is simple and that the characters are peasants. They sometimes read like folktales, but they are actually very sophisticated. His other books include Quebec Boy, Manicomio, and Puri.

Lucia Graves
The Memory House

Lucia Graves was born in England in 1943, but was taken to Mallorca (Spain) by her parents in 1946, after the end of WWII. She studied in Switzerland, England and Spain and graduated in Modern Languages from St. Anne’s College, Oxford. She is the daughter of Robert Graves, the writer, and has translated many of his works into Spanish and Catalan. She had three daughters by her first marriage, and lives now with her second husband in London. Aside from her many translations, she has written articles and book reviews, and, more recently, an autobiographical book called A Woman Unknown: Voices from a Spanish life. Her first novel, The Memory House, was published in Spain, and now appears in English.

James McKinley
The Woman in the River

James McKinley has been active for many years in every aspect of writing. He has been director of the writing program at the University of Missouri Kansas City. He has been the editor of New Letters. He has been a journalist, a writer, a teacher, an editor, a publisher, the organizer of writing conferences, a Fullbright professor overseas, and a visiting professor at the University of Memphis. His work has appeared in many periodicals, including Playboy, where his interview with Robert Graves appeared.

Mark McShane

Australian-born Mark McShane travelled widely until he was thirty, when he settled on the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean and dedicated himself to writing fiction. Under his own name he has published twenty books—black humor, intrigue, occult--and under his Marc Lovell pseudonym another thirty, mostly crime and spy-spoofs. Three of his novels have been made into motion pictures. The best known of these is Seance on a Wet Afternoon.

Ellen Hope Meyer

Ellen Hope Meyer was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Years later, she and her husband built a house on the island of Mallorca and spent half of their time there. She graduated from Swarthmore and Rhode Island School of Design, and then became a stage designer, primarily for the Metropolitan Opera Company. She moved to London and worked on English productions of many American plays. She and her husband had three children who they raised on Orient Point, Long Island, a village of about 500 people. Eventually they moved to Port Jefferson. There Ellen finished her novel while working as a reporter for the local newspaper. Hemlock is set in Mallorca.

Mark Saba
The Landscapes of Pater

Mark Saba grew up in Pittsburgh. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in many magazines and anthologies around the country. He is the author of an epic poem, “Judith of the Lights”, winner of a Mellon Poetry Award. He lives with his wife, Joan, and their children, Annie and Nicholas, in Hamden, Connecticut. This book is about his personal quest for his real life, his roots, all of which becomes clear after his trip to Sardinia.

Clinton Trowbridge
Grotties Don’t Kiss, a prep school memoir

Clinton Trowbridge survived Groton School, the Marine Corps, and the PhD program at the University of Florida. Grotties Don’t Kiss, his fifth book, chronicles his love/hate relationship with the alma mater of Franklin Roosevelt. Trowbridge’s essays and articles have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Harper’s, The Reader’s Digest, The Maine Times, and many other newspapers and magazines. Most of his work is autobiographical and is inspired variously by pleasure, pain, embarrassment, and an unfortunate appetite for misadventure. He is a singer, a sailor, and an armchair adventurer. He resides in Maine, with his wife Elaine.

Leila Ward 
Impression and Fantasy: Selected paintings

Leila Ward is an English painter who has traveled extensively in the Far East, North Africa, and Europe. She lives on the island of Mallorca in  Spain, where she has regular exhibitions of her paintings. She is one of the most productive artists on the island. Her works are dramatically influenced by her travels. She is also influenced by Impressionism. At Oxford she was a Classics scholar, which may also have had some influence on her work, especially those paintings done in Greece. Her subject matter is more fantasy then realism.

Claire Nicolas White
The Elephant and the Rose

Claire White is a poet, novelist, playwright, biographer, translator, art critic, and librettist. Her work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Paris Review. She was born in the Netherlands and came to America as a child when World War II began. In 1947 she moved to St. James, Long Island, where she has lived with her family. She was married to Robert White, the sculptor and painter, and grandson of Stanford White.

Fran Zak
WATERVIEWS: from West Meadow Beach to Mt. Sinai Harbor

Fran Zak has lived on Long Island most of her life, almost always close to the water, and taught at Stony Brook University for eighteen years. She has worked in several media: calligraphy, oil painting, and photography. WATERVIEWS is a book of photographs and text, with the emphasis on art, and Nature as the artist. In recent years she has done many oil paintings, mostly of landscapes and arrangements of houses, both locally and in Deia, Mallorca, where she spends the summer. Her book is unique and locally admired. It has been recommended for all libraries in Suffolk County for their Long Island Collections.