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Castle, Frederick Ted 1938-2006

Castle, Frederick Ted 1938-2006
(Frederick Corson Castle, Jr.)


See index for CA sketch: Born August 7, 1938, in Lockport, NY; died May 16, 2006, in New York, NY. Critic and author. Castle was an art critic and experimental novelist. His B.A. was completed at Williams College in 1960, followed the next year by a master's degree from Columbia University. From 1960 until 1963, he worked for the New York Times Magazine, leaving the publication because of a newspaper strike. He drove a taxicab while also trying his hand at fiction. His first novel, Anticipation, was completed in 1966 but, rather ironically given the title, not published until 1984. Meanwhile, Castle gained an interest in art after meeting famous pop artist Andy Warhol, whose Factory was the inspiration for the author's Gilbert Green: The Real Right Way to Dress for Spring (1986). In 1969, Castle cofounded the small publishing house Vanishing Rotating Triangle Press, which released poetry and Spanish/English books by such writers as Kathy Acker and John Ashbery. The company went out of business in the late 1970s. Continuing to work as an art critic, Castle contributed to such magazines as Artforum and Art in America for many years until finally retiring in 2001. Also a writer of art catalogs, Castle was the coauthor of Perez Celis (1988).



New York Times, May 29, 2006, p. A17.

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