Paul Theroux (b. 1941)

American novelist, essayist, and travel writer. Born in Medford, Massachusetts, Theroux earned a B.A. at the University of Massachusetts before teaching in Malawi as a Peace Corps volunteer, and at Uganda’s Makerere University and the University of Singapore. Since then he has lived mainly in England when not traveling all over the world—by train whenever possible. Theroux’s novels include Waldo (1967), Saint Jack (1973), The Mosquito Coast (1981), and Dr. Slaughter (1984), each made into a movie. He is best known for his travel books, particularly The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train through Asia (1975), The Old Patagonian Express: By Train through the Americas (1979), Riding the Iron Rooster (1988), The Happy Isles of Oceania (1992), Dark Star Safari (2002), A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta (2009). See also paultheroux.com.