Robert Traver





Robert Traver

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born
in Ishpeming, Michigan, The United States
June 29, 1903

died
March 18, 1991

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Robert Traver is the pseudonym of John Donaldson Voelker who served as the Prosecuting Attorney of Marquette County, Michigan and later as the 74th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He wrote many books reflecting his two passions, the law and flyfishing, Troubleshooters, Danny and the Boys and Small Town D.A.


Average rating: 3.96 · 1,081 ratings · 139 reviews · 16 distinct works · Similar authors
Anatomy of a Murder
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 821 ratings — published 1958 — 20 editions
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Trout Madness
4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 71 ratings — published 1960 — 9 editions
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Laughing Whitefish
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 1965 — 10 editions
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Trout Magic
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 1974 — 5 editions
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Danny and the Boys: Being S...
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 1987 — 2 editions
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Traver on Fishing
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2001 — 3 editions
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Anatomy of a Fisherman
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1978 — 2 editions
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Small Town D.A.
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1954
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People Versus Kirk
3.23 of 5 stars 3.23 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1981 — 2 editions
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The Jealous Mistress
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More books by Robert Traver…
“I fish because I love to. Because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly. Because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties, and assorted social posturing I thus escape. Because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing what they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion. Because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed, or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility, and endless patience. Because I suspect that men are going this way for the last time and I for one don't want to waste the trip. Because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters. Because in the woods I can find solitude without loneliness. ... And finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important, but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant and not nearly so much fun.”
Robert Traver

“Plot these days is anti-intellectual and verboten, the mark of the Philistine, the huckster with a pen. There mustn't be too much story and that should be fog-bound and shrouded in heavy symbolism, including the phallic, like a sort of covoluted charade. Symbolism now carries the day, it's the one true ladder of literary heaven.”
Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Murder

“I fish because I love to . . . because I love the environs where trout are found . . . because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don’t want to waste the trip . . . and, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant––and not nearly so much fun.”
Robert Traver

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