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Charles Baxter is an American author born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to John and Mary Barber (Eaton) Baxter. He graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul. In 1974 he received his PhD in English from the University at Buffalo with a thesis on Djuna Barnes, Malcolm Lowry, and Nathanael West. He currently teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.