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Clyde Edgerton

Born: May 20, 1944

Birthplace: Durham

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Clyde Edgerton

Date of Birth : May 20, 1944
Birth Place : Durham

Clyde Edgerton is an American author and Creative Writing professor. Born in Durham, North Carolina, his books are known for endearing characters, small-town Southern dialogue and realistic fire and brimstone religious sermons. His books are full of humor, while still respecting the characters' integrity. He grew up in the small, rural town of Bethesda, North Carolina. He was the only child of Truma and Ernest Edgerton, who came from families of cotton and tobacco farmers, respectively. In 1962 Edgerton enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, eventually majoring in English. During this time he was a student in the Air Force ROTC program where he learned to fly a small plane. After graduating in 1966, he entered the Air Force and served five years as a fighter pilot in the United States, Korea, Japan and Thailand. After his time in service, Edgerton got his Master's degree in English and began a job as an English teacher at his old high school. Soon after, he also earned a doctorate. He decided to become a writer in 1978 after watching Eudora Welty read a short story on public television.


  • Writer
  • Author
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Clyde Carlyle Edgerton

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
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