Robert Olmstead’s Novel ‘Gritty One Moment, Lyrical the Next,’ Washington Post Review Says

New York Times Says Olmstead is 'a Novelist, and a Very Good One'

Ohio Wesleyan University professor Robert Olmstead’s newest book, “The Coldest Night,” was reviewed recently in The Washington Post and in The New York Times.

In The Washington Post article, reviewer and author Chris Bohjalian states: “Olmstead is an immensely gifted stylist, his prose capable of conveying the magic and passion of first love as well as the ferocity of battle. He also has a knack for imagery as memorable as it is unexpected. …”

In The New York Times, writer Mike Peed discusses Olmstead’s writing, stating it sometimes “makes you wonder if Olmstead was meant to be a poet. But Olmstead is a novelist, and a very good one.”

The book, set during the Korean War era, is the third in a trilogy that also includes the acclaimed “Coal Black Horse” and “Far Bright Star.”

At Ohio Wesleyan, Olmstead serves as director of the university’s Creative Writing Program.

Read the full Washington Post review here. Read The New York Times article here.


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 47 states and 57 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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