Pomp and Circumstance

William Cobb


Synopsis:  Are writers jealous of one another? Is the Pope Catholic? Willow Behn is about to find out that both are equally true at her first job in a Florida panhandle college. The college’s administration has coerced resident novelist Brasfield Finch to use his acquaintance with the renowned author of To Lynch a Wild Duck to lure her to campus as keynote speaker for graduation. Pomp is a college novel that romps with just what you’d expect: drinking, philandering, jealousies—and loads of nude student streakers.


Available April 2018

ISBN: 978-1-60489-202-1    Trade paper $14.95   Sale Price $8.95

ISBN: 978-1-60489-202-X    Hard Cover $23.95    Sale Price $13.95

226  Pages

About the Author:
His early short story "The Stone Soldier" was named best story of the year by STORY Magazine and it has been widely anthologized, most recently in Philip Beidler's THE ART OF FICTION IN THE HEART OF DIXIE. Cobb's fiction also appears in the anthology ALABAMA BOUND: CONTEMPORARY STORIES OF A STATE.

He has published six novels, COMING OF AGE AT THE Y (Portals Press, 1984), THE HERMIT KING (Portals Press,1987), A WALK THROUGH FIRE, (published by William Morrow & Co. in 1992, in mass-market paperback by Avon Books in 1993,and in Trade paperback by Crane Hill Press in 2000), HARRY REUNITED (1995, Black Belt Press), A SPRING OF SOULS,(1999,Crane Hill Publishers) and WINGS OF MORNING (2001, Crane Hill).

His collection of short stories, SOMEWHERE IN ALL THIS GREEN: NEW AND SELECTED STORIES, was published by Black Belt Press in early 1999, and his newest novel, THE LAST QUEEN OF THE GYPSIES, was recently published by NewSouth Books. THE HERMIT KING was reissued in the fall of 2005, along with five new short stories and a forward by Bert Hitchcock, Hargis Professor of American Literature at Auburn University.