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Robert Shea

AKA Robert Joseph Shea

Born: 14-Feb-1933
Died: 10-Mar-1994
Location of death: Chicago, IL
Cause of death: Cancer - Colon

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Illuminatus Trilogy

Bob Shea co-authored the Illuminatus Trilogy along with Robert Anton Wilson. Shea was also the author of Shike, a novel set in medieval Japan; Lady Yang, a tragic story of an idealistic empress of medieval China; and All Things Are Lights, a story that entwines the fate of Cathars of southern France with the occult traditions of Courtly Love and the troubadours. He also authored The Saracen, a novel that describes the intricate politics of medieval Italy through the eyes of an Islamic warrior, and Shaman, which traces the fate of the survivors of the Black Hawk War in 19th century Illinois.

Born in 1933, Robert Shea attended Manhattan Prep, Manhattan College, and then Rutgers University. He worked as a magazine editor in New York and Los Angeles before coming to edit the Playboy Forum where, in the 1960s, he met Bob Wilson. Eventually they began to collaborate on what would become the Illuminatus! Trilogy, a set of books that combined sex, drugs, alternative religions, anarchism, and conspiracy theory with humor, mischief, and plenty of chaos. Shea later left Playboy to become a full-time novelist, but his friendship with Wilson would remain intact until Shea's passing from cancer in 1994. Although Shea's historical novels were much more conventional in format that the Illuminatus! Work, they contain a few sly hints on the subjects and organizations of that earlier work.

Wife: Patricia Monaghan
Son: Michael E. Shea

    High School: Manhattan Prep
    University: Manhattan College
    University: Rutgers University

    Playboy Playboy Forum editor, 1960s

Author of books:
Shike (1981, novel)
All Things Are Lights (1986, novel)
From No Man's Land to Plaza Del Lago (1987, novel)
Shaman (1991, novel)
The Illuminatus! Trilogy (1975, collection, with Robert Anton Wilson)
Illuminatus! (1976, novel)


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