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Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier

American writer
Charles Frazier
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Intro American writer
Is Writer Novelist Screenwriter Author
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 4 November 1950, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Age 70 years
Star sign Scorpio
Residence North Carolina, USA
Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of South Carolina
Appalachian State University
Awards
Lillian Smith Book Award 1997
National Book Award for Fiction 1997
Heartland Prize 1997
Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction 1998
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Biography

Charles Frazier (born November 4, 1950) is an American novelist. He won the 1997 National Book Award for Fiction for Cold Mountain.

Biography

Early life

Frazier was born in Asheville, North Carolina, grew up in Andrews and Franklin, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1973. He earned an M.A. from Appalachian State University in the mid-1970s, and received his Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina in 1986. A 1985 published work by Frazier was a trail guide to the Andes and environs for the Sierra Club.

Frazier taught English, first at University of Colorado Boulder, then English at North Carolina State University. His wife convinced him to quit in order to work full-time on his novel. His friend and fellow North Carolina novelist, Kaye Gibbons, presented his unfinished novel to her literary agency, which led to the publication of Cold Mountain.

Career

Cold Mountain was his first novel, published in 1997 by Atlantic Monthly Press. It traces the journey of Inman, a wounded deserter from the Confederate army near the end of the American Civil War. It follows his harrowing journey from deserting the army to finding his way back to the woman he left behind, Ada, who waits for him, dealing with all kinds of hardships herself. The power of Ada and Inman's love, and their dedication to reuniting, is the driving force of the novel, along with Frazier's incorporation of historical context. The work is rich in the culture and sensibilities of the North Carolina mountains, and is based on local history and stories handed down by Frazier's father about Frazier's great-great-uncle, William Pinkney "Pink" Inman (1839- 6 February 1865). Inman, who was from Haywood County, the area around Cold Mountain in western North Carolina, served in the Confederate Army, from which he deserted after being wounded twice, and is buried in the Bethel Community Cemetery, Bethel, Haywood County, North Carolina. "Pink" Inman served as a private in Company F of the 25th North Carolina Infantry, and his regiment did participate in the fighting in the Siege of Petersburg, including the Battle of the Crater.

Cold Mountain won the 1997 U.S. National Book Award and was adapted as a 2003 film of the same name by Anthony Minghella.

Frazier's second novel, Thirteen Moons, published in 2006, traces the story of one man across a century of change in America. Also set in western North Carolina, the novel traces one white man's involvement with the Cherokee Indians just before, during and after their removal to Oklahoma. It is a story of struggle and triumph against the emerging U.S. government's plan to remove native Cherokee people to Oklahoma. Based on the success of Cold Mountain, Frazier was offered an $8 million advance for Thirteen Moons.

Frazier's 2011 book, Nightwoods, takes place in the 20th century, although the setting is still the Appalachian Mountains.

Frazier's fourth novel, Varina, was based on the life of Varina Davis, First Lady of the Confederate States of America. It was published in 2018.

Works

  • Cold Mountain (1997) ISBN 978-0802142849
  • Thirteen Moons (2007) ISBN 978-0812967586
  • Nightwoods (2011) ISBN 978-0812978803
  • Varina (2018) ISBN 978-0062405982
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https://www.nationalbook.org/awards-prizes/national-book-awards-1997
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https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2004/summer/inman.html
http://www.ew.com/ew/report/0,6115,1184867_5_0_,00.html
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