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Encyclopedia > Pete Dexter

Writer Pete Dexter was recipient of the 1988 National Book Award for his novel Paris Trout. The National Book Awards is the most important literary prize in the United States, presented annually for the best book by a living US citizen published in the US. The awards have been presented since 1950 in at least one category, and is presently awarded in each of four categories...


A former newspaper reporter, Dexter was a columnist for the Philiadelphia Daily News and the Sacramento Bee. He began writing fiction after a life-changing 1981 incident in which 30 drunken Philadelphians, armed with baseball bats and upset by a recent column, beat the writer severly. The injuries, added to those he had suffered in traffic accidents and as an amateur boxer, left Dexter partially disabled and required years of corrective surgeries. The Sacramento Bee is a daily newspaper published in Sacramento, California. ...


Dexter lives and writes on an island in the Puget Sound. Puget Sound Puget Sound is an arm of the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. ...


His novels include:

  • Paris Trout, 1988 National Book Award
  • Train
  • The Paperboy, 1996 Literary Award, Pen Center USA
  • God's Pocket
  • Deadwood
  • Brotherly Love

Screenwriting credits include Rush and Paris Trout. The National Book Awards is the most important literary prize in the United States, presented annually for the best book by a living US citizen published in the US. The awards have been presented since 1950 in at least one category, and is presently awarded in each of four categories...


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BookPage Interview October 2003: Pete Dexter (943 words)
Over the years, Pete Dexter's hard-edged novels have been widely praised for both the riveting stories they tell and the sparkling clarity of the sentences with which they are told.
As intensely devoted as he is to his craft, Dexter is almost shy about discussing the meaning of his novels.
Dexter tells it with the same unsparing, almost aggressive lack of sentimentality that is evident in his previous novels.
Train by Pete Dexter - review (1441 words)
Pete Dexter's noir fiction brings California in the 1950s to dark and sinister life, as he presents two grim, but ironically humorous plots.
Pete Dexter was born in Michigan in 1943.
Dexter received a B.A. from the University of South Dakota before pursuing a career as a journalist.
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