Writings and Travels
..My First Novel 1995-2000
Photo Essays and Travelogs in HTML
....My Novels and Writings in Kindle Format
....Unpublished Writings in PDF Format
A biographical note to my readers
born Rolf Werner Friedrich Gross - the initials honor my two
grandfathers, one a pastor, the other one a polyglot engineer -
in Silesia, Germany in 1931. I live with my wife Barbara in
California. We have two adult children, Susanne in Denver and
Cornelius in Rome, Italy. All three often appear in my writings,
e.g. Susanne on the author's photo.
Already during my years as a physicist I was lucky to be able to travel widely, teaching in the USSR, Georgia, Central Asia, and China. "Konrad and Alexandra" and the "The Return of the Monkey King" are based on these experiences. We fell in love with Greece. "Mount Athos-The Garden of the Virgin" and "Along the Way to Arcadia" are meditations on this country and its past. "The Snow Dancer", a second novel, explores my attraction to Buddhist Dzogchen, to which Cornelius introduced me. Dreams of visiting Tibet finally became reality in 1995. I organized a minor expedition for members of my family to the far West of the country. The diary of this strenuous trip, "Tibet, To the End of the World" will appear as a Kindle edition shortly
Fascinated with the paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, I wrote a biography of this enigmatic man, when in 2002 new research permitted dating all his paintings. The richly illustrated Kindle version of this historical fiction is available as "The Life and Times of Hieronymus Bosch". It should be read on a color monitor such as Kindle-for-PC, Mac, or iPad. The Kindle device still shows color images only in black-and-white.
An alternative is to explore the entries on this website which show annotated photo-essays on my publications and many additonal subjects in large format. I would appreciate to hear your comments and criticism, good or bad, via e-mail (see below).
W. F. Gross
....Pacific Palisades, CA, July 2011