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Robinson Photo Gallery

Friends of Bill Photo Gallery

Annie Dillard | R. H. W. Dillard | George Garrett | Armando José Prats | A. Carl Bredahl, Jr. | Steve Snyder | Vincent B. Leitch | David Lavery | Elaine Marshall | J. P. Telotte | Walter C. Foreman | Susan Lynn Drake

Introduction with an Essay by Frank Burke

Edited with an Essay by Richard P. Sugg

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I give you the end of a golden string,
Only–wind it into a ball:
It will lead you in at Heaven's gate,
Built in Jerusalem's wall.
--William Blake

Introduction: by Frank Burke


1. The Movies, Too, Will Make You Free
2. Making Sense of the Movies
3. "Damn Your A Priori Principles—Look!"
W. R. Robinson Discusses The Movies As Narrative Art, Interview With John Graham
4. The Movies As a Revolutionary Moral Force, Part I
5. The Movies As a Revolutionary Moral Force, Part II
6. 2001 And The Literary Sensibility
7. Stripping The Eye: Some Observations On The Movies As Strip Tease
8. If You Don't See, You're Dead: The Immediate Encounter With The Image in Hiroshima Mon Amour and Juliet OfThe Spirits, Part I (Hiroshima Mon Amour)
9. If You Don't See, You're Dead, Part II (JulietOf The Spirits)
10. Fellini-Satyricon 's Moral Process
11. The Birth of Imaginative Man in Part m of 2001:A Space Odyssey


1. Total Eclipse, by Annie Dillard
2. Fellini: Changing The Subject, by Frank Burke
3. Federico Fellini: Bifocal Views, by R. H. W. Dillard: a. "If We Were All Devils": Fellmi-Satyricon As Horror Film; b. Federico Fellini And The White Clowns
4. Two Movie Poems, by George Garrett: a. "Goodbye, Old Paint, I'm Leaving Cheyenne"; b. "Little Movie Without a Middle"
5. A New Geography of Paradise: George Stevens's Shone as Trans-Edenic Vision— A Meditation In The Spirit Of And Dedicated To W. R. Robinson, by Annando Jose Prats
6. After Words: The Western Movies of John Ford and Sam Peckinpah, by A. Carl Bredahl, Jr.
7. Busby Berkeley and the Tradition of American Vision, by Steve Snyder
8. William R. Robinson's Philosophy of Image-Freedom and Robert Altman’s The Player and Shortcuts, by Richard P. Sugg
9. Personal Retrospective on Theory: The Changing Paradigms From 1960's to 1990's, by Vincent B. Leitch
10. "Like Light": The Movie Theory of W. R. Robinson, by David Lavery
11. Preparing to See "The Birth Of Imaginative Man . . . ," by Elaine Marshall
12. Rounding Up The Usual Suspects: The Comforts of Character and Neo-Noir, by J. P. Telotte
13. Merriwether Lewis In Imagination's Hell: The Journals and Robinsonian Aesthetics, by Walter C. Foreman
14. Hemingway's Green Hills Of Africa As Evolutionary Narrative: Helix and Scimitar, by A. Carl Bredahl, Jr. and Susan Lynn Drake, with the Assistance of William R. Robinso
15. An Expedition To The Pole, by Annie Dillard

W. R. Robinson (click on any image to see a larger version)

Bill and Mina Robinson and their four children (R. H. W. Dillard in back), 1963

Charlottesville, VA, 1964 (photo by Annie Dillard)

Bill with Frank and Annette Burke

Bill with Frank Burke and Mina, mid-90s.

Robinsonians/Friends of Bill (click on any image to see a larger version)

Carl Bredahl

Annie and R. H. W. Dillard

Walt Foreman and Abby

David Lavery (1979)

Elaine Marshall

Armando Prats and Daughter

Steve Snyder

Vincent Leitch

Frank Burke

Richard Sugg (1968)

Bruce Nims