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Author of 3 novels set in the early Italian Renaissance: "Bring Me Giants!," "The Outcasts," and "Raphaella di Piero" -- stories that dramatize the life-or-death impact of the ideas and ideals people hold.

Background Information

Bill Bucko has degrees in philosophy from Purdue University, and has been a Montessori teacher and computer analyst.  His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in “The Atlantean Press Review” and “The Intellectual Activist.”  His books include:

The Mysterious Valley, by Maurice Champagne (as translator),  The Atlantean Press, 1994;  

Ayn Rand’s French Children’s Magazines: The Early Inspiration of a Great Novelist,  The Ayn Rand Institute Press, 2009 (limited edition);  

and three novels set in the early Italian Renaissance:

Bring Me Giants!,  the story of an atheist scholar at the court of the first Renaissance pope in 1451;  

The Outcasts,  a free-thinking boy’s rebellious quest for truth in 1400s Florence, at the dawn of the Renaissance;  

Raphaella di Piero,  the harrowing drama of a girl whose father murdered her mother … and the boy who loves her.

Literary influences:  Ayn Rand, Victor Hugo,  Sandra Shulman’s “The Florentine,” Rafael Sabatini’s “Bellarion”



Birth Place
Hammond, IN USA
Additional Information

NEW! My short novel "Raphaella di Piero," available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle! A harrowing drama of murder and love, in the early Italian Renaissance! “What is she to conclude, when she understands what happened? That love leads to ... death? That pain is all she can expect, if she ever cares for someone? .... You look into her eyes and see a wall of fear to keep you out. You would die for her, and that’s why she can never be yours?” "Raphaella di Piero" tells of a profound love; but it is not primarily a love story. Its theme is the crucial importance of valuing in human life. It tells of two children, their souls deeply scarred by violence, struggling to make sense of the world around them. From the author of "The Outcasts:" the story of a girl whose father murdered her mother … and the boy who loves her.

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