T.C. Boyle

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Born Peekskill, New York
The flamboyantly named T. Coraghessan Boyle is one of America's most interesting contemporary writers. His middle name was a self-invention adopted at age seventeen, and many of his novels and stories are about how Americans shape themselves to face the world (as well as themselves) as they confront an indifferent and often hostile environment. In many ways, his writings descend from Herman Melville's hallucinatory novella The Confidence Man in their attempt to imperfectly represent a reality that is uncertain even to his characters! Especially interested in the predicament of men, Boyle also casts a keen eye on the unexplored byroads of American history; The Road to Wellville, set in late-nineteenth-century Battle Creek, Michigan (the cereal capital of the world), is an affectionate satire of America's fixation on diet and physical hygiene. Boyle teaches at the University of Southern California.
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Ken Rosenthal
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© 2003 Ken Rosenthal
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Ken Rosenthal, born 1964
T. Coraghessan Boyle, born 1948
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Gelatin silver print
Image: 24.3 x 24cm (9 9/16 x 9 7/16")
Sheet: 35.5 x 27.8cm (14 x 10 15/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
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