Clyde & the Rank Strangers

Clyde & the Rank Strangers

"So perfect is his control that each voice, like an individual bell in a handbell choir, rings true. Mr. Edgerton's gift is for dialect that places its speaker squarely—not only on a geographical map, but a psychological one."

- Barbara Kingsolver
The New York Times Book Review



Reading, Learning, Teaching Clyde Edgerton: This book by Yvonne Mason discusses how to teach Clyde's books in secondary and college English language arts classrooms as a means of revitalizing curricula and challenging the ways we traditionally think about teaching.


Killer Diller: The Movie

Walking Across Egypt: Starring Ellen Burstyn, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Mark Hamill


Lunch at the Piccadilly: A Musical. Music by Mike Craver, Book by Clyde Edgerton. Performed March 2006 by Cape Fear Regional Theatre at Playworks. Visit the official website.

Walking Across Egypt and Raney
Stage adaptations by John Justice.

The Floatplane Notebooks by Jason Moore and Paul Fitzgerald


THE BIBLE SALESMAN Story and Song CD - Clyde narrates his novel and does most of the character parts in this compilation CD of readings, story songs and other musical numbers. (Sapsucker Music)

Learn more about some of the music that has influenced Clyde through the years in this playlist for NY Times' blog "Paper Cuts."

Enjoy music from the musical Lunch at the Piccadilly:

Enjoy one of Clyde's favorites: Safety Patrol Song
To purchase a CD, click here.

Musical talent runs in the family. Clyde's daughter performs with MIDTOWN DICKENS. Click to listen and buy a CD.

For The Night Train

Sometimes on the road, Clyde plays with the Rank Strangers: Matt Kendricks and Jack King. Matt and Jack are among the southeast's leading musicians.

Other Reads

"Debra's Flap and Snap" appears in Image Journal's newly-released book, Bearing the Mystery.


FAITH AND LEADERSHIP: Storytelling and Story Listening (An Interview) - Clyde talks about how teachers, preachers and leaders can use storytelling to engage their audiences--and why he has returned to church.

Clyde Edgerton Papers Inventory: Online catalog of Clyde's papers and manuscripts maintained at the Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In 2002 a collection of materials by and about Clyde was given to Meredith College by Dr. Hilbert Campbell, Professor of English, Virginia Tech University.


The Southern Oral History Program

Pomegranate Books

Old Books on Front Street

The Regulator Bookshop

Flyleaf Books

McIntyre's Books

Quail Ridge Books Find an independent bookseller near you.


For The Bible Salesman

Clyde reads from his novel in this podcast for PLCMC.

Clyde discusses the novel in an audio interview with Frank Stasio and Jon Hill for North Carolina Public Radio WUNC.



Clyde's photos on this site were taken by Brent Clark, Kristina Edgerton, Nathaniel Edgerton and Mark Olencki. Credit to Stewart Butterfield for the bookshelf image used as this site's background. Thank you to webmistress Stephanie Trott, and to Rebecca Petruck and John Mortara for site design.