- Watch Us Pass (1968)
- Barbed Wires and Other Stories (1970)
- Potboiler: An Amateur’s Affair With La Cuisine (1989)
- A Highly Ramified Tree (autobiography, 1976)
- Men with Little Hammers (1969)
- I Do So Politely, A Voice from the South (Memoir, 1965)
- Fiction And Analysis: Seven Major Themes (1970)
Canzoneri was born in 1925 in San Marcos, Texas. The family moved to Clinton Mississippi, just two months after he as born. He spent his childhood years in Clinton and attended Clinton High School.
After graduation, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve and served as a Naval Airman (tail gunner) during World War II. After the war, he attended Mississippi College where he obtained his undergraduate degree in 1948.
For several years, he taught English in various high schools and small colleges. He earned his Master’s degree in English at the University of Mississippi in 1951. He obtained his doctoral degree at Stanford University in 1965.
He became a professor at Ohio State and Director of the Creative Writing Program in 1968 where he remained until his death (as Professor emeritus). He died in 2010, in Westerville, Ohio.
- Obituary for Robert Canzoneri (2010) in Columbus Dispatch
- Short review of “I Do So Politely” on Kirkus
- Short biography for Robert Canzoneri on Ohio Center for the Book
- Excerpt of a Review about “I Do So Politely”
- Excerpt from “A Highly Ramified Tree”
- List of his contributions to The Southern Review