C. D. Payne

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C. D. Payne (born C. Douglas Payne; July 5, 1949) is an American writer of absurdist fiction who is best known for his series of novels about fictional teenager Nick Twisp. They are called the "Youth in Revolt" series or "The Journals of Nick Twisp"

In the novels the protagonist, Nick, strives to balance out his budding sexual urges while remaining an intellectual teenager in a world of moronic adults.

Along with the "Youth" series he is the author of several other novels including Frisco Pigeon Mambo and Civic Beauties, a parody of politics in the United States, which follows the lives of two teenage twin girls whose father is campaigning to be Vice President. He has also published a play titled, Queen of America: A Royal Comedy in Three Acts. Frisco Pigeon Mambo was bought by Fox Animation, but was never made into a film. Youth in Revolt (film) was developed and distribution by Dimension Films in January 2010.

Payne was born in Akron, Ohio in 1949 (July 5). He graduated from Harvard College in 1971. He then moved to California, and has worked as a newspaper editor, cartoonist, typesetter, graphic artist, proofreader, photographer, advertising copywriter, trailer park handyman, and carpenter. He is married and lives in Sonoma County.


Selected bibliography

Nick Twisp series

  • Book 1: Youth in Revolt
  • Book 2: Youth in Bondage
  • Book 3: Youth in Exile
  • Cut to the Twisp: The Lost Parts of Youth in Revolt and Other Stories (Contains the content that was edited out of the Main Street Books and Doubleday editions of Youth in Revolt, and it also contains an additional dozen short humor pieces) (Aivia Press, 2001: ISBN 1-882-64703-3)

Other books


Television and film

  • Episode #20a of Disney's Recess; titled "Mama's Girl" (13th episode of the second season). Aired on December 5, 1998. Teleplay was based on a story that C. D. Payne wrote for the show.
  • Frisco Pigeon Mambo. The film rights to this novel are currently owned by the now defunct Fox Animation Studios. It is unknown what the status is or plans are with these rights.
  • Youth in Revolt was released January 8, 2010.

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