robert cabot




A veteran of many of the campaigns of World War II, Robert Cabot received degrees from Harvard College and Yale Law School, served for ten years in the Marshall Plan and foreign aid programs in Italy, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Washington, D.C., and resigned from the foreign service in protest over U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. He has since worked with intentional communities, the citizen diplomacy movement, and environmental and social change projects. He lived for many years in Italy and Greece, returning to the U.S. in a solo transatlantic sail with his thirty-foot sloop in 1976.

Writing, however, is his first love. He has written several novels. The most recent, "The Isle of Khería", was published in 2012. Several of his articles are also published. Cabot is a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, the McDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Ucross Foundation.

Cabot lives on Whidbey Island, Washington, with his wife Penny. Between them, they have six children, and a bevy of children's children. For several months a year he retreats to a mountain town in Southeastern Arizona where he is working on a memoir and a novel.

Selected Works

"This powerful story of life-long friendship between two men is alive with vibrant details, and told in an extraordinarily musical, sonorous, evocative voice. Cabot puts his characters against a rich background of human striving and natural tumult. He fearlessly shows how a loving man can be powerless to save his best friend, or anyone, from his own fatal search for a mystical answer to the soul's questions." Susan Cheever. "The Isle of Khería" has been awarded the 2012 Independent Publishers Literary Fiction Silver Award. It is being translated into Greek by Ismene Kapantae for publication in 2015 by Hestia Publishers & Booksellers, Athens.
“ exemplary trio of novellas, each occupied with the theme of reconciliation to oneself and one’s losses, presented in often stunning prose.”–Kirkus. “Robert Cabot’s new book is as good a piece of writing as anything coming out of the United States. ”–Farley Mowat. “ ...with gratitude for the beautiful lyricism of your fine work.” –John Nichols. “Intensely dramatic, lyrically expressive and suffused with passionate feeling... Cabot’s prose shimmers with poetic imagery... ” –Publishers Weekly. "That Sweetest Wine" received the Independent Publishers 2000 Finalist Award
“A novel of enormous talent…lyrical, resonant, evocative…written con amore…tremendous control and skill…”
–William Fadiman
"The book is full of loveliness..." -- New York Times Book Review "Cabot writes with stunning power..." -- Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times "Pushes back the conventional limits of eloquent achievement." -- Mark Shorer "A book that belongs in print for the sake of the world." -- Malcolm Cowley