Durham, NC 27708, United States
In 1961, Chappell received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, and a Master of Arts in 1964.
(With this poem, Fred Chappell takes his readers far from ...)
With this poem, Fred Chappell takes his readers far from the southern landscape and familiar passions of his acclaimed Midquest tetralogy. He tells instead of a forbidding medieval castle ruled by a mad king and peopled by bitter, scheming grotesques and melancholy weaklings who cower at the sound of the sweet, sad voice of truth that haunts their nights.
(These thirteen tales are populated by an assortment of fi...)
These thirteen tales are populated by an assortment of fictional as well as real characters, all of them vividly sketched and true-to-life: the botanist Linnaeus, the composer Offenbach, the poet Hart Crane, the visionary horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, a southern sheriff, a dealer in rare books, a country singer, an old maid (and her suitor), and a mathematician. Whether these stories are deemed disquieting, comic, prophetic, or tall in the telling, they show us worlds where the truth reveals itself in many shapes.
(Spring Garden selects poems from six of Fred Chappell's p...)
Spring Garden selects poems from six of Fred Chappell's previous collections and adds to them some thirty new ones.
(Like all relations, the extended family portrayed in this...)
Like all relations, the extended family portrayed in this collection of poems has its odd-balls and know-it-alls, hussies and historians, sparring spouses and model marriages. More than anything, this family loves gossip. Fred Chappell portrays its members in a series of character sketches.
(Violence and sex in a small Southern city. Arkie, Clemmie...)
Violence and sex in a small Southern city. Arkie, Clemmie, Oxie, and Johns are linked by a schoolboy's prank. Arkie, Clemmie, and Oxie are three of a kind: cons who grub for small change. They have no history and no future. Johns is their counterpart in a brighter universe.
(In this sharply innovative collection, renowned poet Fred...)
In this sharply innovative collection, renowned poet Fred Chappell layers words and images to create a new and dramatic poetic form - the poem-within-a-poem. Like the shadow box in the volume’s title, each piece consists of an inner world contained, framed, supported by an outer - the two interdependent, sometimes supplementary, often contrary.
(Here are cats as personalities, cats as art objects and h...)
Here are cats as personalities, cats as art objects and historical figures, cats as reflections of human temperament. Chappell salutes the literary cats of decades past - George Herriman's happy-go-lucky Krazy Kat, Don Marquis's grande dame mehitabel - and the imagined cats who claim as their companions the characters from Chappell's own past poems. The cats in Familiars are alert and affectionate, equal parts cherished friends and unknowable mysteries.
(A Shadow all of Light is a stylish, elegant, episodic fan...)
A Shadow all of Light is a stylish, elegant, episodic fantasy novel by award-winning author and former poet laureate Fred Chappell. Falco, a young man from the country, arrives in the port city of Tardocco with the ambition of becoming an apprentice shadow thief. Falco's tests and adventures teach him to break through ingenious security traps and drop him among con men, monsters, pirates, and the King of Cats.
Chappell received a Bachelor of Arts in 1961 and a Master of Arts in 1964, both from Duke University.
From 1957 to 1959, Fred Chappell worked as a general manager at Brown Supply Co. and then he was a credit manager at Candler Furniture Co. Fred began teaching at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1964. After 40 years, he retired from his post as a professor of English.
His first novel, It Is Time, Lord (1963) contains the themes that will consistently reappear throughout his work, particularly the effect of the past on the present. Chappell's more recent publications include the poetry collections Family Gathering (2000), Backsass (2004), and Shadow Вох (2009).
(These thirteen tales are populated by an assortment of fi...)1991
(Like all relations, the extended family portrayed in this...)2000
(In this sharply innovative collection, renowned poet Fred...)2009
(With this poem, Fred Chappell takes his readers far from ...)1984
(A Shadow all of Light is a stylish, elegant, episodic fan...)2016
(Here are cats as personalities, cats as art objects and h...)2014
(Spring Garden selects poems from six of Fred Chappell's p...)1995
(Violence and sex in a small Southern city. Arkie, Clemmie...)2002
Chappell in his work as a whole examines dreams, fears and the particular beauties of his native North Carolina with a country kid’s instinct for what’s before him, and a metaphysician’s squint at what lies far beyond such beautiful harshness.
Drawing on childhood memories and the character of his home region, Chappell’s poetry and prose investigates Southern experience. His early novels were sometimes described as "Southern Gothic," and he was seen as part of a tradition that included William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor.
Fred was a member of the Order of the Longleaf Pine.
On August 2, 1959, Chappell married Susan Nicholls. They have one child, Christopher Heath.