The About Page.

The About Page.

Denis Boyles. Now.Denis Boyles then, by Mort Drucker.I live in the Vendée in western France. I write books and I also help other writers with their projects. I co-edit The Fortnightly Review‘s new series online and its publishing imprint, Odd Volumes, I teach journalism and English at a regional Catholic university and teach literature at the Chavagnes Studium.

I went to Hopkins in Baltimore. Here are some of the places I’ve worked since, either as an editorial staffer or as a writer (or both): Washington Post, The New York Times (Magazine, Book Review and daily newspaper), the Baltimore Sun, Toronto Globe and Mail, Esquire, the Herald-Examiner (the old, much-missed Hearst paper in LA), Town & Country, Art Monthly, Fly Rod & Reel, Readers Digest, Media People, National Lampoon, Playboy, The American Enterprise, TV Guide, GEO (US, French and German editions), American Spectator, City Journal, National Review Online, Claremont Review of Books, Crawdaddy (RIP). I spent a decade as a columnist and editor at Men’s Health. Also: literary/arts magazines, mostly when I was younger.

I’ve written more than a dozen books. Some (barely) paid rent, some were labors of love. Here are a few I can recommend:

Everything Explained That Is Explainable: On the Creation of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Celebrated Eleventh Edition, 1910-1911 (Knopf 2016)

Man Eaters Motel (Houghton-Mifflin/Ticknor & Fields/1991). Full title: Man Eaters Motel and Other Stops on the Railway to Nowhere: An East African Traveler’s Nightbook.

African Lives: White Lies, Tropical Truth, Darkest Gossip, and Rumblings of Rumor from Chinese Gordon to Beryl Markham, and Beyond. (Weidenfeld & Nicholson/Grove Press/Ballantine 1989.)

As an editor and/or packager, I’m responsible for many, many more. I have a wife, thank you, and three magnificent daughters.

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