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T. Coraghessan Boyle
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    (December 2, 1948- )
    Born in Peekskill, New York
    Birth name was Thomas John Boyle
    Adopted Coraghessan as a middle name at age 17
    Wrote the novels 'Water Music' (1982), 'Building Prospects' (1984), 'World's End' (1987), 'East Is East' (1990), 'The Road to Wellville' (1993), 'The Tortilla Curtain' (1995), 'Riven Rock' (1998), 'A Friend of the Earth' (2000), 'Drop City' (2003), 'Talk Talk' (2006) and 'The Women' (2009)
    Short story collections include 'Greasy Lake & Other Stories' (1985), 'If the River Was Whiskey' (1989), 'Without a Hero' (1994), 'After the Plague' (2001), 'Tooth and Claw' (2005) and 'Wild Child & Other Stories' (2010)
    He describes himself as a former 'dilettante of heroin.'
    He is fond of wearing t-shirts printed with the cover of his latest book as a design.
    His spiked hair has been described as resembling 'strained apricots' or 'a rusty Brillo pad.'
    Critic Russell Banks said of his pose as the bad boy of contemporary literature, 'It will be interesting to watch him in the coming years, because it's a hard persona to project when you're 65 and bald.'
    Asked about possibly toning down his wardrobe, he replied, 'Why does everybody who does literature have to have a pipe and a tweed jacket?'
    His absurdist satirical style has been compared to William Faulkner and Evelyn Waugh.
    He said of his high-energy book readings, 'I'm out there as a missionary for literature, because if people laugh and enjoy themselves, they might actually do something as bizarre as reading the books.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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