The Artist Wears Rough Clothing


by Robert Wexelblatt

These tales will take you into the lives of characters you will long remember:

  • A peasant boy in war-torn Sui China survives a perilous journey and finds his vocation as a poet.
  • An American novelist is invited to the European city he has never visited but in which he sets all his books.
  • A coed seduces the conductor of a German orchestra, then is trapped in the middle of a Middle Eastern war.
  • An elderly Frenchwoman is interviewed about her time as a model for two famous modernists.
  • In the title story, dream and memory unveil the profound tale of a persecuted Chinese artist and his Americanized daughter.

Order from any bookstore, local or online. This title is also available from Fleur Fine Books of Galveston, Texas. 

About the Author


Robert Wexelblatt is Professor of Humanities at Boston University. He has earned a B.A. English from The University of Pennsylvania, a M.A. English and American Literature from The University of Michigan; and a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University.

Professor Wexelblatt has published formal essays on American and Continental literature, philosophy and pedagogy, as well as various informal essays. He is interested in and has written about cultural figures from Scott Fitzgerald to Thomas Hobbes, Socrates to Bertolt Brecht, Albert Camus to Anton Chekhov, G. B. Shaw to Mary Shelley, Søren Kierkegaard to Gustave Flaubert.

In 1993, Professor Wexelblatt won the Peyton Richter Award for interdisciplinary teaching, and in 1983, he received the Metcalf Cup and Prize, Boston University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching. Winner of the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Award for fiction, Wexelblatt’s Zublinka Among Women is a funny, gracious novel of ideas.