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Alexander Theroux

  • American novelist
  • Born 1939

Alexander Louis Theroux (born 1939) is an American novelist and poet whose best known novel is perhaps Darconville's Cat (1981) which was selected by Anthony Burgess’s Ninety-Nine Novels: The Best in English since 1939 – A Personal Choice in 1984 and in Larry McCaffery’s 20th Century’s Greatest Hits.He was awarded the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction in 1991 and the Clifton Fadiman Medal for Fiction in 2002 by the Mercantile Library in New York City. He is the brother of novelist Paul Theroux and uncle of documentarian Louis Theroux and novelist Marcel Theroux.


Silence is the unbearable repartee.




It's true, you can never eat a pet you name. And anyway, it would be like a ventriloquist eating his dummy.




There is no loneliness like that of a failed marriage.




Hypocrisy is the essence of snobbery, but all snobbery is about the problem of belonging.




Being natural is one of the most irritating poses I know in people.




Artists are never complete people. But if it's art that completes them, then what is taken away?



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