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  • Series: Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; 1st edition (July 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604739800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604739800
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Larry Brown's life story is about as close to a literary version of the Horatio Alger myth as American letters have witnessed.… Jean Cash's exhaustive archival research and first-hand interviews with Brown and those who knew him best enable her to bring that story to life on the page even as her skills as a literary critic wisely assess his writing. For anyone concerned about American writing's connection to people outside of elite publishing and academic circles, this book affirms that literature has not yet been completely handed over to insiders on the country's two coasts or reduced to intellectual games requiring footnotes. For all of us who have experienced the power of Brown's best writing, it offers understanding of the sources and driving forces behind their emotional and intellectual impact."



--Robert Donahoo, professor of English, Sam Houston State University, and president of the Flannery O'Connor Society

"For fans of the late Brown, this book is a must. For aspiring writers, ditto. And readers everywhere. Ms. Cash has done an exhaustive job but it's never exhausting to read. A pleasure and reminder of what a loss Mr. Brown's death was, but what a gift his writing still is."



--Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

"Larry Brown's connection to the earth and animals and many objects seemed religious somehow. He was gentle in a mysterious way, deep, quick, sincere, and very funny. We're all lucky that he left so much of himself behind--on paper. And I'm thankful that Jean Cash decided to write about him."



--Clyde Edgerton, author of The Floatplane Notebooks

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The first biography of Mississippi's beloved blue-collar writer who redefined southern fiction

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C.F. Ellis on September 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I regret that I did not discover Larry Brown's work until 2001. I regret that he did not live longer to write more. Brown is without a doubt my favorite modern author. I don't "get" Faulkner, Raymond Carver doesn't "do it for me" NO writer draws me in like Larry Brown. His work is amazing. I am thankful for Jean Cash's excellent portrait of the man whose work I so admire. Aside from the "firefighter author" descriptions on his books' covers, I had no idea who he was. Ms. Cash's book has, for me, helped him live on. Good stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Wilkes Roa on September 30, 2011
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I just discovered Larry Brown. After reading Big Bad Love and being bowled over by his style and perfect pitch, I wanted to know more about the writer and what kind of life he led to produce such powerful prose. This book is exactly what I was looking for. It is well researched and gives a balanced view of his life, his writing process, the people, the land, the animals and the music he loved and the people who loved him. One of the best biographies I have read in a long time. This should be required reading for all people who seek or who have sought the writing life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Delaney on November 13, 2013
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This is a very good and comprehensive look at Larry's personal and literary lives. Larry exemplifies the notion " IF at first you
you don't succeed". I became acquainted with Larry's writing, at first his great short stories, when I moved to Jackson in 1993 for six months to cut an album of country songs. He really moved me, enough so I felt compelled to write him care of the Oxford Fire Dept. Much to my surprise and pleasure, Larry wrote me back, which was the beginning of an intermittent correspondence up until his premature passing. Though I never met the man, he was a strong pillar of support for me at a time when I had almost none not self-generated. I have the utmost respect for his writing, his journey, his refusal to surrender to the odds against him and his own self doubt. And for staying grounded and true to those fundamentals which were the basis of his real strength.
Thank you, Brother. I still think of you often and will be in your corner 'til the day I die. You deserve to be around.
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