Edna Robinson

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Edna Robinson (1921–1990) was an author and copywriter, who wrote the famous Oreo cookie lyrics “A kid’ll eat the middle of an Oreo first” and such lines as “Navigators of the world since it was flat.” Her short story, “The Trouble with the Truth,” was first published in the 1959 edition of the New World Writing series and selected as one of the “most exciting and original” stories of its time by the editors. The story has now been expanded into a novel of the same name, edited by her daughter Betsy. For more information, go to BetsyRobinson-writer.com.

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Set in the 1930s, this poignant, funny, and utterly original novel tells the story of one lost girl’s struggle for truth, identity, and understanding amidst her family’s nomadic, unconventional lifestyle.

What’s the right way to behave, to think, to feel—if you’re always the new girl? How do you navigate life when you’re continually on the move? Do you lie? How do you even know if you’re lying? What’s the truth anyway?

It’s 1928 and nine-year-old Lucresse Briard is trying to make...

Author Revealed

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write if you love to write.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. "A Confederacy of Dunces." Also many anthologies of New Yorker writers: E.B. White, especially.

Q. What is your favorite television show?


Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 10/27

Author Voices

February 12, 2015

The Trouble with the Truth is the story of one girl's quirky adventure and confusion about who she is and what really is the truth. On Christmas Day in 1976, the book's author, Edna Robinson, made this journal entry:

"I figured out why, at even the most unlikely times, I like to play solitaire. I have no control over the cards: that's understood from the beginning. They fall into the right pattern--or no pattern--by chance. I can only hope to win. The only time in my life when I can't delude myself into believing that what I do makes a difference is when I turn the cards and admit I'm at their mercy."

Kind of like life?

January 14, 2015

Blogging for a dead author is difficult. Edna Robinson, author of The Trouble with the Truth, was born in 1921 and died in 1990. Her novel, written around 1958–1960, was edited by me, Betsy Robinson (daughter). In anticipation of the launch in February, I’ve been going through Edna’s papers, and this morning I found a copy of a letter she sent to Tonight Show host Jack Paar, who ruled late-night TV from 1957 to 1962. In attempt to get him to consider some of her comedy bits, she introduces herself:

“My credits are kind of undynamic, unsprinkled with a list of names that would prod any network personality in... see more

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