Robert Grudin (born 1938) is an American writer and philosopher.
He is the author of the metafictional novel "Book", "Mighty Opposites: Shakespeare and Renaissance Contrariety", "The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation", "On Dialogue: An Essay in Free Thought", "Time and the Art of Living", "The Most Amazing Thing", and "American Vulgar: The Politics of Manipulation Versus the Culture of Awareness".
He graduated from Harvard, and earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1969. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 1992-1993. Until 1998 he was a professor of English at the University of Oregon.
He is the author of the Encyclopedia Britannica article, "Humanism."
His recent book, "Design and Truth," was published by Yale University Press in April, 2010. Favorably reviewed in the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times, it appeared in paperback and Kindle editions in 2011. Excerpts have been published in Spanish (Argentina), while complete translations are in print or production in South Korea and mainland China.
His latest book, Boccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian Renaissance, co-authored with Michaela Paasche Grudin, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
He is currently completing his third novel, Saturday's at Satan's.