Robert Sheppard

Biography

About the Author:

Robert Sheppard , Author, Poet & Novelist
Professor of World and Comparative Literature
Professor of International Law
Senior Associate, Committee for a Democratic United Nations (KDUN)
Editor-in-Chief, World Literature Forum

Robert Sheppard is the author of the acclaimed dual novel Spiritus Mundi, in two parts, Spiritus Mundi the Novel, Book I and Spiritus Mundi the Romance, Book II. The acclaimed “global novel” features espionage-terror-political-religious thriller-action criss-crossing the globe involving MI6. the CIA and Chinese MSS Intelligence as well as a "People Power" campaign to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly on the model of the European Parliament, with action moving from Beijing to London to Washington, Mexico City and Jerusalem while presenting a vast panorama of the contemporary international world, including compelling action and surreal adventures. It also contains the unfolding sexual, romantic and family relationships of many of its principal and secondary characters, and a significant dimension of spiritual searching through "The Varieties of Religious Experience." It contains also significant discussions of World Literature, including Chinese, Indian, Western and American literature, and like Joyce's Ulysses, it incorporates a vast array of stylistic approaches as the story unfolds. Book II, Spiritus Mundi the Romance, dilates the setting, scope and continuing action as a Romance of fantasy adventure where the protagonists, still following the original action of Book I, embark on a quest to the realms of Middle Earth and its Crystal Bead Game in search of the Silmaril Missing Seed Crystal and thence through a wormhole to a "Council of the Immortals" in an Amphitheater in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy to plead for the continuance of the human race in the face of threatened extinction from a nuclear World War III involving the confrontation and military showdown between NATO, China, Russia and Iran unfolded from the espionage events of Book I. The contemporary epic culminates with the first convening of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, a world-scale version of the European Parliament installed as a new organ of the United Nations.

Dr. Sheppard presently serves as a Professor of International Law and World Literature at Peking University, Northeastern University and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China, and has previously served as a Professor of International Law and MBA professor at Tsinghua University, Renmin People’s University, the China University of Politics and Law and at the Law Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, China. Having studied Law, Comparative Literature and politics at the University of California, Berkeley (Ph. D.) Program in Comparative Literature), Northridge, Tübingen, Heidelberg, the People’s College and San Francisco, (BA, MA, JD), he additionally has been active as professor of International Trade, Private International Law, and Public International Law from 1993 to 1998 at Xiamen University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School (CASS), and the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. Since 2000 he has served as a Senior Consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Beijing and has authored numerous papers on the democratic reform of the United Nations system.

Related Links and Websites: Spiritus Mundi, Novel by Robert Sheppard
For Introduction and Overview of the Novel: https://spiritusmundinovel.wordpress.com/
For Updates on the Upcoming Movie Version of the Novel Spiritus Mundi & Casting of Actors and Actresses for the Leading Roles See: http://robertalexandersheppard.wordpress.com/
For Authors Blog: https://robertalexandersheppard.wordpress.com//
To Read About the Occupy Wall Street Movement in Spiritus Mundi: http://occupywallstreetnovel.wordpress.com/
To Read Sample Chapters from Spiritus Mundi: https://spiritusmundisamplechapters.wordpress.com/
To Read Fantasy, Myth and Magical Realism Excerpts from Spiritus Mundi: https://spiritusmundifantasymythandmagicalrealism.wordpress.com/
To Read Sexual Excerpts from Spiritus Mundi: “The Varieties of Sexual Experience:” https://spiritusmundivarietiesofsexualexperience.wordpress.com/
To Read Spy, Espionage and Coutnterterrorism Excerpts from Spiritus Mundi: http://spiritusmundispyespionagecounterterrorism.wordpress.com/
To Read Geopolitical and World War Three Excerpts from Spiritus Mundi: https://spiritusmundigeopoliticalworldwar3.wordpress.com/
To Read Spiritual and Religious Excerpts from Spiritus Mundi: https://spiritusmundionspiritualityandreligion.wordpress.com/
To Read About the Global Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly in Spiritus Mundi: https://spiritusmundiunitednationsparliamentaryassembly.wordpress.com/
To Read Poetry from Spiritus Mundi:https://spiritusmundipoetry.wordpress.com/
For Discussions of World Literature and Literary Criticism in Spiritus Mundi: http://worldliteratureandliterarycriticism.wordpress.com/
For Discussions of World History and World Civilization in Spiritus Mundi: https://worldhistoryandcivilizationspiritusmundi.wordpress.com/
To Read the Blog of Eva Strong from Spiritus Mundi https://evasblogfromspiritusmundi.wordpress.com/
To Read the Blog of Andreas Sarkozy from Spiritus Mundi:http://andreasblogfromspiritusmundi.wordpress.com/
To Read the Blog of Yoriko Oe From Spiritus Mundi: http://yorikosblogfromspiritusmundi.wordpress.com/
To Read the Blog of Robert Sartorius from Spritus Mundi: http://sartoriusblogfromspiritusmundi.wordpress.com/

Robert Sheppard: Author, Poet & Novelist

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Smashwords Interview

Please tell us something about yourself and how you came to be a writer. What inspired you to write your first book?
Writing has always been my personal calling. I have done many other things such as law, business, teaching and political activism, but I have usually regarded them as secondary to my primary mission in life of writing and being a citizen of the republic of letters. I began by reading the great authors, secondarily in terms of academic study, but primarily in terms of personal communion with the great minds of our human civilization. The inspiration for writing Spiritus Mundi was threefold: First, the culmination of a lifetime of reading and self-exploration; Second, a desire to make a contribution to World Literature in an era of literary and social globalization by sharing beauty and my personal vision and insight with others; Third, Spiritus Mundi was written with the practical goal of popularizing a specific global social reform, the furtherance of global democracy through the creation of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, a movement I had been involved with for the last ten years.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I grew up on the Classics, especially the Modernist masterpieces such as Joyce's Ulysses, Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Yeats, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence. In my personal reading and undergraduate work in English Literature I worked closely with Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dickens, George Eliot, Donne, Wordsworth, Blake, Fielding, Sterne, Browning, Keats, Shelley and Byron, Hawthorne, Melville, Mark Twain, Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Jack London, Dreiser, and Eugene O'Neil amoung countless others. Later, in my Ph.D. studies in Comparative Literature I reached out to the global classics of all cultures: The Journey to the West of Wu ChengEn, Shakuntala of Kalidasa, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Achebe's Things Fall Apart and the great classics of Western Literature such as Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and War and Peace, Dostoyevsky, Thomas Mann, Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Pushkin, Cervantes, Flaubert, Maupassant, Eco, Gunther Grass and innumerable others. After so much professional "heavy' reading I also like to take a break from high seriousness and try to "go with the flow" of what is popular amoungst bestsellers to keep up with the popular tastes---Jeffery Archer, Grisham and Jodi Picault. I also like popular epics such as Tolkien's Ring Trilogy and Harry Potter as well as Science Fiction greats such as Asimov, H.G.Wells, Verne, Ray Bradbury and others. I began with "the Greats" but I also like to keep up with a broad spectrum of contemporary novels and poetry to be part of the overall modern scene.

Part of what I read is motivated by a desire as a professional literary scholar and writer to have mastery over the great works and masterpieces of World Literature----the "Touchstones" in the phrase of Matthew Arnold which constitute our common heritage and the models of excellence in all genres. When I am writing I will often read books that have common elements with scenarios, characters, situations and themes that I am working on to try to "learn from the masters" or gain some source of inspiration in my own work. Beyond that however, I read for pleasure and for beauty, reading anything and everything our of interest or whim that intrigues or pleasures me.

Of course beyond fiction, poetry and literature I read an immense amount of works on history, philosophy, art, religion, science, politics, law and biography. I try to be universal in the fields of interest to understand life and the world around us. As I also do professional work in law and business I read a constant flow of professional publications in those areas.
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Series

Books

Spiritus Mundi - Book I: The Novel
Series: Spiritus Mundi, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 530,130. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Alternative history
(5.00 from 1 review)
Robert Sheppard's thriller novel, Spiritus Mundi, is an unforgettable read and epic journey bringing to life the sexual and spiritual lives of struggling global idealists overcoming despair, nuclear terrorism, espionage and a threatened World War III to to bring the world together from the brink of destruction with a revolutionary United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and spiritual rebirth
Spiritus Mundi - Book II: The Romance
Series: Spiritus Mundi, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 193,950. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Alternative history
(5.00 from 1 review)
Robert Sheppard's thriller novel, Spiritus Mundi, is an unforgettable read and epic journey bringing to life the sexual and spiritual lives of struggling global idealists overcoming despair, nuclear terrorism, espionage and a threatened World War III to to bring the world together from the brink of destruction with a revolutionary United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and spiritual rebirth.

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