Bruce Dobler

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Bruce Dobler
Born(1939-06-30)June 30, 1939
Chicago, Illinois
DiedAugust 15, 2010(2010-08-15) (aged 71)
El Paso, Texas
EducationUniversity of Illinois and Iowa Writers' Workshop
Notable worksThe Last Rush North (Little,Brown, 1976); Ice Pick: A Novel about Life and Death in a Maximum Security Prison (Little,Brown, 1974); I Made It Myself (Grosset, 1973)
Notable awardsFirst "writer-in-residence", Phillips Exeter Academy
SpousePatricia Dobler (divorced 1992); Julieta (Julie) Barrera (2008-2010)

Bruce Dobler (1939–2010) was an American writer.[1]


Born June 30, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, Bruce Dobler earned his BA at the University of Illinois and MFA at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 1969–1970, Dobler was the first "writer-in-residence" at Phillips Exeter Academy. Later he taught English Literature and Writing at Windham College, the University of Arizona, and the University of Texas, El Paso. He taught writing at the University of Pittsburgh from 1979 until his retirement in 2008. Dobler was married to the poet Patricia Dobler (1939–2004). He divorced her in 1992. On July 4, 2008, he married Julieta (Julie) Barrera.[2]


Dobler was found dead in his home in El Paso, Texas on August 15, 2010. He was 71 years old at the time of his death, and was survived by his two daughters and second wife.[3]


  • The Last Rush North, novel (Little,Brown, 1976)
  • Ice Pick: A Novel about Life and Death in a Maximum Security Prison, novel (Little,Brown, 1974)
  • I Made It Myself, (Grosset, 1973)


  1. ^ Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2002. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000025909.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Bruce Dobler/Maintstay of Pitt's nonfiction writing program." Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 20, 2010.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Bruce Dobler/Maintstay of Pitt's nonfiction writing program," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.