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Born: December 2, 1948, in Peekskill, NY; Thomas John Boyle; Changed
middle name to Coraghessan when he was 17.
High School, Shrub Oak, NY, 1964; State University of New York at Potsdam,
B.A. in English and History, 1968; University of Iowa, Iowa City,
M.F.A. in Fiction 1974; Ph.D. in British Literature, 1977.
Family: Married Karen Kvashay,
1974; one daughter, Kerrie, and two sons, Milo and Spencer.
Career: Taught for four years
following college gradauation at his high school alma mater prior to being
accepted at Iowa. Served as fiction editor for the Iowa Review
and in 1977 received a Creative Writing Fellowship from The National Endowment
for the Arts. Assistant Professor, 1978-82; Associate Professor,
1982-86; and since 1986 Professor of English, University of Southern California.
Awards: Coordinating Council
of Literary Magazines award, 1977, for fiction; National Endowment for
the Arts grant, 1977; St. Lawrence award, 1980, for Descent of Man;Paris
Review's Aga Khan Prize, 1981, for fiction; National Endowment
for the Arts grant, 1983 ("Water Music"); Paris Review , John Train
prize, 1984, for humor; Commonwealth Club of California, silver medal for
literature, 1986, for Greasy Lake; Editors' Choice, NY Times Book
Review 1987; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1988; PEN/Faulkner
Award, 1988, for World's End, Commonwealth Club of California
clubgold medal, 1988. for World's End; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1988;
PEN/Faulkner Novel of the Year award, 1988, for World's End;
O. Henry Award, 1988, for "Sinking House," 1989, for "The Ape Lady
in reirement;" Prix Passion novel of the year, 1989, for Water Music;
PEN Center West Literary prize, 1989; Editors' Choice New York
Times 1989; Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree, 1991, State
University NY; National Academy of Arts and Letters;
Howard D. Vursell Memorial Award, 1993, National Academy of Arts amd Letters,
1993; Best Americaan canor prose excellence, D.H.L.: State University
of New york, 1991. .His first volume of short fiction, Descent
of Man and Other Stories, was published in 1979. After
leaving Iowa he was recruited by the University of Southern California,
Los Angeles, where he established the Creative Writing program; he
currently teaches there.
panel, National Endowment for the Arts, 1986-87.
Agent: Georges Borchardt,
136 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022.
Adams, Michael. "T. Coraghessan
Boyle." Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook 1986: 281.
The Gale Group, 1987.
"T. Coraghessan Boyle." Contemporary
Literary Criticism. The Gale Group, Volume 36, 1986; Volume 59, 1989.
"T. Coraghessan Boyle." Contempory
Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2000.
"T. Coraghessan Boyle." The
Oxford Companion to Contemporary Literature. Oxford University
"T. Coraghessan Boyle." Short
Story Criticism, Vol. 16: 139-158. The Gale Group.
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