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Books By Bob:
The Diaries of Alessandro Da Veneto
The Last Sailmaker
Redtown Boy
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Richard III in the Roaring '20s

Dr. Robert J. Parrish


Dr. Parrish is a retired university vice president who lives in Pensacola with his wife, the former Sherry Robeson. Sherry, who also paints, is the copy editor for all of Bobís books.  

He was born in Bellaire, Ohio, about 45 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pa.

A graduate of Ohio University and Florida Atlantic University, he served as the Vice President and Treasurer of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, as Assistant Vice President of Florida Atlantic University , and as Director of Accounting of the state of West Virginia. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Dr. Parrish has always been interested in history and art. He has been painting for decades and has participated in many art shows. In addition to Florida sales, he has pieces in Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

His first two novels, "The Diaries of Alessandro da Veneto, I and II," were set in Medieval Europe, and began in Venice in the year 1203 when his main character left an art apprenticeship to join the Fourth Crusade.  Sometimes a soldier and sometimes an artist, Alessandro's journals provide glimpses into the politics, dangers, arts, and romances of darker times.  He becomes a time-traveler to witness man's great accomplishments and his inhumanity.

His third novel, "The Last Sailmaker," is a story of shipwreck and survival in the South Seas near the end of the nineteenth century. When a three-masted barkentine is lost in a typhoon, only the crusty Sailmaker and young cabin boy survive to face hostile natives and worse, years of total isolation from the civilized world. 

His fourth novel, "The Diaries of Alessandro da Veneto (The Third Diary)," has been completed and will be published in the near future. It opens with Alessandro at Agincourt with the French against Henry V and his longbows. 

"Redtown Boy," an autobiographical sort-of-thing about growing up in a company town during the Great Depression was published in December.

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is a story of love and betrayal, and of justice without mercy, in times even more troubled than these.  (The attendant 20 songs [under separate cover] are being finalized, in contemplation of a 2017 stage performance)

". . . I determined at Tewkesbury that the crown would someday be mine. . . . Dangerous plots have I laid, and slanderous rumors have been circulated. The hour of my success finally approaches."   So Richard III in the Roaring '20s begins. . . . Shakespeare's bloody play has been condensed into two acts and set in the 1920s.