Clyde Edgerton


Born
in Durham, North Carolina, The United States
May 20, 1944

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Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor


Clyde Edgerton is widely considered one of the premier novelists working in the Southern tradition today, often compared with such masters as Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor.

Although most of his books deal with adult concerns--marriage, aging, birth and death--Edgerton's work is most profoundly about family. In books such as Raney, Walking Across Egypt, The Floatplane Notebooks, and Killer Diller, Edgerton explores the dimensions of family life, using an endearing (if eccentric) cast of characters. "Edgerton's characters," writes Mary Lystad in Twentieth-Century Young Adult Writers, "have more faults than most, but they also have considerable virtues, and they are so likable that you want to invite them over for a cup of coffee, a piece of homemade apple
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Average rating: 3.7 · 15,762 ratings · 1,718 reviews · 20 distinct worksSimilar authors
Walking Across Egypt

3.90 avg rating — 5,456 ratings — published 1987 — 14 editions
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Raney

3.96 avg rating — 3,483 ratings — published 1985 — 13 editions
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The Bible Salesman

3.11 avg rating — 1,424 ratings — published 2008 — 9 editions
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Lunch at the Piccadilly

3.38 avg rating — 1,181 ratings — published 2003
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The Floatplane Notebooks

3.73 avg rating — 1,047 ratings — published 1988 — 3 editions
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Killer Diller

3.57 avg rating — 756 ratings — published 1991 — 9 editions
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The Night Train

3.22 avg rating — 729 ratings — published 2011 — 11 editions
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Where Trouble Sleeps

3.46 avg rating — 562 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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In Memory of Junior

3.64 avg rating — 435 ratings — published 1992 — 5 editions
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Redeye

3.41 avg rating — 373 ratings — published 1995 — 5 editions
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“She walked into the kitchen, turned on the light and saw through the window that the eastern sky as dark red. It was her favorite time of the day. She stepped out onto the back step. It was cool. She also liked it when it was cold and she could stand there taking in the cold morning while the sky was red, and time stopped stood still, and rested for a minute. People thought that time never stood still, except in Joshua when the sun stood still; but she knew that for a minute before sunrise when the sky began to lighten, showing dark early clouds, there was often a pause when nothing moved, not even time, and she was always happy to be up and in that moment; sometimes she tried to stand perfectly still, to not move with time not moving, and it seemed that if she were not careful she might slip out of this world and into another. That made the moment risky, bright shining, and very still at the same time. She hoped that when her time came, it would be close to morning, and she could wait for the still moment.”
Clyde Edgerton, Walking Across Egypt

“fathering is the act of guiding a child to behave in ways that lead to the child’s becoming a secure child in full, thus increasing his or her chances of being happy and fruitful as a young adult.”
Clyde Edgerton, Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of All Ages

“She knew that a minute before sunrise, when the sky began to lighten, showing dark, early clouds, there was often a pause when nothing moved, not even time, and she was always happy to be up and in that moment; sometimes she tried to stand perfectly still, to not move with time not moving, and it seemed that if she were not careful she might slip out of this world and into another…She hoped that when her time came, it would be close to morning, and she could wait for the still moment.”
Clyde Edgerton

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