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Paul Edward Theroux

Also Known As: "Paulie"
Birthplace: Medford, Middlesex, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Albert Eugene Theroux and Anna Frances Theroux
Husband of <private> Theroux (Donnelly)
Ex-husband of <private> Theroux (Castle)
Father of <private> Theroux and Louis Sebastian Theroux
Brother of <private> Theroux; <private> Butler (Theroux); <private> Gailis (Theroux); <private> Theroux; <private> Theroux and 1 other

Occupation: Travel Writer/ Author, Novelist
Managed by: Private User
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Immediate Family

    • <private> Theroux (Donnelly)
    • <private> Theroux (Castle)
    • <private> Theroux
    • <private> Theroux
    • <private> Butler (Theroux)
    • <private> Gailis (Theroux)
    • <private> Theroux
    • <private> Theroux
    • <private> Theroux

About Paul Edward Theroux

An expatriate American writer, Paul Theroux has written numerous works of fiction and of the chronicles of his own travels by train throughout the world. His best known work of travel writing is perhaps The Great Railway Bazaar (1975) and some of his published works of fiction were made into feature films. In 1981, he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast.

Born April 10, 1941, in Medford, Massachusetts, the third of seven children, Theroux was of French-Canadian/Italian descent. His brothers and sisters, all independent, were all encouraged to write by their father, a salesman who read aloud from Charles Dickens and Herman Melville. At an early age Theroux and two of his brothers put out competing family newspapers with stories of the day's activities.

Growing up Catholic and a Boy Scout, he attended the University of Maine and not only refused to join the required R.O.T.C., but also wrote many anti-Vietnam war editorials. He later transferred to the University of Massachusetts where a creative writing course with Joseph Langland changed his opinion about the writing life.

At the University of Syracuse Theroux trained for the Peace Corps and was then sent to Malawi, Africa where he taught at Soche Hill College. For his part in a failed coup of the Malawi dictator, Theroux was dismissed from the Peace Corps. His love for Africa drew him to Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda where he taught English. It was in Uganda that he met his future wife, Anne Castle, also a teacher, and the 2001 Nobel Prize Winner V. S. Naipaul. Marcel, Theroux’s first son was born in Uganda in 1968. His next teaching assignment took him to the University of Singapore, and it was here that his second son Louis was born in 1969. He was writing novels during these teaching years, and it was in Singapore that he finally decided to become a professional writer.

The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia written in 1975, was Theroux’s first travel novel to distinguish him as a writer. Among his award winning titles are Picture Palace (1978) which won the Whitbread Award and The Mosquito Coast (1982) winner of the James Tait Black Award. The latter title and Half Moon Street were made into films. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographic Society in Britain. He holds honorary doctorates in literature from Trinity College, Washington, D.C. and Tufts University of Massachusetts.

For those who love to read about exotic, faraway places, Paul Theroux’s books provide a wonderful opportunity to visit these lands without leaving the comforts of your own homes. He is a keen, witty observer of human nature and is unafraid to reveal the history and politics of a region in what some would deem a highly critical manner. Theroux’s journeys are always enlightening, honest and not your usual “travel is wonderful” type of story.

At present Theroux divides his time between Cape Cod and Hawaii. He continues to write and has becomes a beekeeper and sells his honey under the brand name of Oceania Ranch Pure Hawaiian Honey.


  • Blinding Light
  • Chicago Loop
  • The Collected Stories
  • The Consul’s File
  • Half Moon Street: Two Short Novels
  • Hotel Honolulu
  • Kowloon Tong
  • The London Embassy
  • Millroy the Magician
  • The Mosquito Coast
  • My Other Life
  • My Secret History
  • Picture Palace
  • The Stranger at the Palazzo d’Oro and Other Stories


  • Sir Vidia’s Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents
  • Fresh Air Fiend: [Travel Writings, 1985-2000]
  • To the Ends of the Earth: The Selected Travels of Paul Theroux
  • The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean
  • The Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey Around Great Britain
  • The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia
  • Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China
  • The Imperial Way
  • Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
  • The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas
  • The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific

Sources: Wikipedia, BookRags, St. Charles Public Library

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Paul Edward Theroux's Timeline

April 10, 1941
Medford, Middlesex, MA, USA
May 20, 1970
Age 29