About Robert




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ESL Papers
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The Many Roads to Japan
(free online version for ESL/EFL teachers and students)








Robert W. Norris, Author of Expatriate and Antiwar Fiction

Hello and welcome to my home page. Thanks for dropping by. I'm the author of three expatriate and antiwar novels, a novella used as a textbook in Japanese universities, and several articles on teaching English as a foreign language.

All my books are available in both print and e-book formats. The print versions are available at Lulu Press,, and other online bookstores. Click "Novels" on the menu at the left to find out detailed information and get direct links.

The e-books are also available in multiple e-book formats, readable on virtually any e-book reading device. They can be found at, as well as various online bookstores, including Apple's iBookstore. You can also go to the site and download from there the .mobi files for your Kindle. Click "Ebooks" on the menu at the left for more info.

                    ebook awards logoMy most recent novel is Autumn Shadows in August. Roughly modeled on Malcolm Lowry's Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid, it's an hallucinogenic mid-life crisis/adventure story, and homage to Lowry and Hermann Hesse. My second novel, Toraware, is a psychological drama about the obsessive relationship of three misfits from different cultural backgrounds in 1980s Kobe, Japan. Both Autumn Shadows in August and Toraware were nominated for Dan Poynter's 2012 Global eBook Awards in the multicultural literature category. Autumn Shadows in August was selected as a finalist.

Looking for the Summer, my first novel, tells the story of a Vietnam War conscientious objector's adventures and search for identity on the road from Paris to Calcutta in 1977. The Many Roads to Japan, my novella/ESL reader about a conscientious objector's many twists and turns in his life journey, is available in print, e-book, and podcast versions.

As a professor of English at Fukuoka International University, I did a lot of research on English as a second/foreign language. Most of my research papers can be read by going to the "ESL Papers" page listed in the menu on the left. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, criticism, or just want to say hi. It's always a pleasure to hear from readers. Please enjoy yourself while browsing this site.

Robert W. Norris