T.C. Boyle (T. Coraghessan Boyle) was born Thomas John Boyle on December 2, 1948, in Peekskill, NY.
T.C. Boyle's Background:
Boyle grew up in the small Hudson Valley town of Peekskill, New York. At the age of 17, he changed his middle name to Coraghessan, a name he went by for much of his career. After earning a BA in English and history from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 1968, Boyle taught for four years at the high school in Peekskill where his mother worked as a secretary and his father as a janitor.
In 1972, after publishing a story in the North American Review, Boyle was accepted into the Iowa Writers' Workshop where he studied with John Irving and John Cheever. There he earned his MFA and his Ph.D. in 19th century British literature. In 1978, Boyle landed a job at the University of Southern California and has been a member of the English Department there since.
Boyle resides in Santa Barbara, in a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, with his wife and three children.
T.C. Boyle's Writing:
Boyle has written countless short stories -- he's published eight collections of them -- and a dozen novels. His first novel was Water Music (1982), described in the New Republic as "pitiless and brilliant." Other novels include World's End (1987), winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award, The Road to Wellville (1993), made into a movie starring Anthony Hopkins, John Cusak, and Matthew Broderick, Drop City (2003), and his 2009 biographical novel of Frank Lloyd Wright, The Women.
Boyle is known for his humor and his biting satire. Over the course of his career as a novelist, he has shown a propensity for writing about famous, fascinating, and sometimes eccentric Americans such as sexual-behavior scientist Alfred Kinsey in The Inner Circle (2004), cereal inventor John Harvey Kellogg in The Road to Wellville, and most recently, Frank Lloyd Wright in The Women.