Fred Chappell

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Date of Birth May 28, 1936
Place of Birth Canton, North Carolina
Age 84 years old
Horoscope Gemini

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Fred Davis Chappell is an author and poet. He was an English professor for 40 years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997–2002. He attended Duke University. His 1968 novel Dagon, which was named the Best Foreign Book of the Year by the Académie française, is a recasting of a Cthulhu Mythos horror story as a psychologically realistic Southern Gothic. His literary awards include the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Prix de Meilleur des Livres Etrangers, the Bollingen Prize, and the T. S. Eliot Prize.

About Fred Chappell

An American author and poet, he is best known for Dagon (1968), a psychological thriller with supernatural elements. His other works include I Am One of You Forever (1985) and Castle Tzingal (1984).

Before Fame

After studying at Duke University, he taught English for forty years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina for five years.

Family Life

He was born in Canton, North Carolina. He and his wife Susan became parents to a son named Heath.


He and Randall Jarrell were both poet laureates.

Information related to Fred Chappell

  • Poets Laureate of North Carolina
  • Poets from North Carolina
  • Bollingen Prize recipients
  • Writers of American Southern literature
  • Cthulhu Mythos writers
  • World Fantasy Award-winning writers
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