T. Coraghessan Boyle

T. Coraghessan Boyle is an acclaimed American novelist and short story writer known for his vibrant, satirical, and often surreal approach to storytelling. Boyle, who publishes as T.C. Boyle, has enriched contemporary American literature with over thirty fiction titles, including notable books such as The Harder They Come (2015) and The Terranauts (2016). The works of the author are available in more than 20 languages.

Thomas Coraghessan Boyle was born in Peekskill, New York. He received his B.A. in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968, an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974, and a Ph.D. in Nineteenth-Century British Literature from the same institution in 1977. In 1978, he became a Distinguished Professor in the English Department at the University of Southern California.

His fiction is characterized by a unique blend of humor, intricate plots, and deep moral questions, often exploring social themes and environmental concerns.

Throughout his career, Boyle received the PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel World's End (1987), which skillfully recounts three hundred years of history in upstate New York. His other notable accolades include the PEN/Malamud Prize in the short story for T.C. Boyle Stories (1999) and France's Prix Médicis Étranger for The Tortilla Curtain (1997), a poignant exploration of immigrant life in America.

Boyle's stories frequently grace the pages of major American magazines such as The New Yorker, Harper's, and Esquire. His ability to weave elements of magical realism, dark comedy, and vivid characterization into his narratives has placed him among the most innovative writers of his generation.

T. Coraghessan Boyle lives in Montecito near Santa Barbara with his wife and three children.

Photo credit: tcboyle.com
years of life: 2 December 1948 present
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