Paul Edward Theroux is a famous American travel writer and novelist. Recognized mostly for his travelogues, he has also written a number of fictional works.
Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts on April 10, 1941 to a Canadian Father and an Italian mother. He had a Catholic upbringing. He studied for medical school and had no plans for taking up writing as a profession.In 1967, he married Anne Castle but they ended up with a divorce in 1993. He has two children from this marriage.In 1995, he married his present wife Sheila Donnelly. He is fluent in Italian, French, and Chinese. After traveling widely through Africa and Asia and having lived there for many years, he settled in South London with his wife and two sons for sometime. He left Africa after a frightful experience with a mob who tried to overturn the car in which his pregnant wife was traveling. Currently, Paul is based in Hawaii.
Education and Career
Paul Edward Theroux refused to join the armed forces and wrote many pieces on the Vietnam War while studying at the University of Maine.A creative writing class at the University of Massachusetts inspired him to pursue writing as a career option. He took up Arts and graduated in 1963. He trained for the Peace Corps at the Syracuse University.
Edward Theroux had a vast teaching experience at many universities all over the world including:
- University of Urbino in Italy,
- Soche Hill College in Malawi,
- Maker ere University in Uganda,
- University of Singapore
- University of Virginia in Charlottesville
During Paul years at the Makerere University, he met V.S.Naipaul with whom he forged a life-long friendship. During teaching years, he freelanced for Christian Science Monitor, Playboy, Esquire and Atlantic Monthly. Owing to his hand in the release of a captive and political difference with the Malawi president and dictator, he was expelled from the Peace Corps and thrown out of Malawi.
List of Publications:
- Theroux’s first novel was “Waldo” (1967)
- Fong and the Indians (1968)
- Murder in Mount Molly (1969)
- Girls at Play (1971)
- Sinning With Annie (1972)
- Saint Jack (made into a feature film by Peter Bogdanovich )
- The Black House (1974)
- The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train through Asia (Best selling Travelogue)
- The Family Arsenal (1976)
- Picture Palace (1978)
- The Mosquito Coast (1982)
- The Consul's File (1977),
- World's End (1980)
- The London Embassy (1983)
- A Christmas card (1978)
- London Snow: A Christmas Story (1979).
- Half Moon Street (1984)
- The Old Patagonian Express in( 1979)
- The Kingdom By The Sea (1983)
- Sailing Through China (1983)
- The Imperial Way: By Rail from Peshwar to Chittagong (1985)
- Patagonia Revisited (1985)
- Travels and Discoveries (1985) - collection of articles and essays between 1964 and 1984.
- Riding the Iron Rooster (1988
- My Secret History (1989)
- Chicago Loop (1990)
- To The Ends of the Earth (1990)
- Millroy the Magician (1994)
- The Pillars of Hercules (1995)
- My Other Life (1996)
- Kowloon Tong (1997)
- Fresh Air Fiend (2000)
- Hotel Honolulu (2001)
Awards and Honors
- Paul Edward Theroux won four “Playboy Editorial Awards for Best Story”.
- n 1981, Paul won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Yorkshire Post Best Novel of the Year Award for his novel The Mosquito Coast.
- The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train through Asia was selected for the Book-of-the-Month Club.
- Won the Whitbread Award for Picture Palace.
- The Old Patagonian Express was a Book-of-the Month choice.
- In 1977, Theroux won an award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographic Society in Britain.
- Honorary doctorates in literature from Trinity College in Washington and Tufts University in Medford