Larry Brown : A Writer''s Life

By: Cash, Jean WMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandWillie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography: Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2011Description: 1 online resource (317 p.)ISBN: 9781604739862Subject(s): Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography | Brown, Larry, 1951-2004 | Brown, Larry, 1951-2004 -- Criticism and interpretation | Mississippi -- In literature | Rural conditions in literature | Southern States -- In literature | Working class in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Larry Brown : A Writer''s LifeDDC classification: 813.54 LOC classification: PS3552.R6927 Z55 2011Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Foreword; Preface; Introduction; 1. Origins, 1951-1969; 2. Marine, Husband, Father, and Fireman, 1969-1980; 3. Literary Apprenticeship, 1980-1987; 4. Facing the Music, 1987-1989; 5. Dirty Work: A Vietnam Novel, 1989-1990; 6. Full-Time Writer: Big Bad Love, 1990; 7. Joe: A Major Novel, 1991; 8. "Fire Notes" becomes On Fire, 1991-1994; 9. Solid Success: Father and Son, 1994-1996; 10. Continued Success: Fay in Progress and a Semester at Ole Miss, 1997-1998; 11. Years of Triumph: Fay, the Wallace Award, and Montana, 1999-2000
12. A Return to Nonfiction: Billy Ray's Farm, 1999-200113. Leaving Algonquin: The Rabbit Factory, 2002-2003; 14. Writing and Building, 2004 227; 15. Remembering Larry and A Miracle of Catfish, 2004-2007; Appendixes; Sources; Acknowledgments; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Summary: Larry Brown (1951-2004) was unique among writers who started their careers in the late twentieth century. Unlike most of them-his friends Clyde Edgerton, Jill McCorkle, Rick Bass, Kaye Gibbons, among others-he was neither a product of a writing program, nor did he teach at one. In fact, he did not even attend college. His innate talent, his immersion in the life of north Mississippi, and his determination led him to national success. Drawing on excerpts from numerous letters and material from interviews with family members and friends, Larry Brown: A Writer''s Life is the first biography of a landmark southern writer. Jean W. Cash explores the cultural milieu of Oxford, Mississippi, and the writers who influenced Brown, including William Faulkner, Flannery O''Connor, Harry Crews, and Cormac McCarthy. She covers Brown''s history in Mississippi, the troubled family in which he grew up, and his boyhood in Tula and Yocona, Mississippi, and in Memphis, Tennessee. She relates stories from Brown''s time in the Marines, his early married life-which included sixteen years as an Oxford fireman-and what he called his "apprenticeship" period, the eight years during which he was teaching himself to write publishable fiction. The book examines Brown''s years as a writer: the stories and novels he wrote, his struggles to acclimate himself to the fame his writing brought him, and his many trips outside Yocona, where he spent the last thirty years of his life. The book concludes with a discussion of his posthumous fame, including the publication of A Miracle of Catfish , the novel he had nearly completed just before his death. Brown''s cadre of fans will relish this comprehensive portrait of the man and his work.
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Cover; Contents; Foreword; Preface; Introduction; 1. Origins, 1951-1969; 2. Marine, Husband, Father, and Fireman, 1969-1980; 3. Literary Apprenticeship, 1980-1987; 4. Facing the Music, 1987-1989; 5. Dirty Work: A Vietnam Novel, 1989-1990; 6. Full-Time Writer: Big Bad Love, 1990; 7. Joe: A Major Novel, 1991; 8. "Fire Notes" becomes On Fire, 1991-1994; 9. Solid Success: Father and Son, 1994-1996; 10. Continued Success: Fay in Progress and a Semester at Ole Miss, 1997-1998; 11. Years of Triumph: Fay, the Wallace Award, and Montana, 1999-2000

12. A Return to Nonfiction: Billy Ray's Farm, 1999-200113. Leaving Algonquin: The Rabbit Factory, 2002-2003; 14. Writing and Building, 2004 227; 15. Remembering Larry and A Miracle of Catfish, 2004-2007; Appendixes; Sources; Acknowledgments; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z

Larry Brown (1951-2004) was unique among writers who started their careers in the late twentieth century. Unlike most of them-his friends Clyde Edgerton, Jill McCorkle, Rick Bass, Kaye Gibbons, among others-he was neither a product of a writing program, nor did he teach at one. In fact, he did not even attend college. His innate talent, his immersion in the life of north Mississippi, and his determination led him to national success. Drawing on excerpts from numerous letters and material from interviews with family members and friends, Larry Brown: A Writer''s Life is the first biography of a landmark southern writer. Jean W. Cash explores the cultural milieu of Oxford, Mississippi, and the writers who influenced Brown, including William Faulkner, Flannery O''Connor, Harry Crews, and Cormac McCarthy. She covers Brown''s history in Mississippi, the troubled family in which he grew up, and his boyhood in Tula and Yocona, Mississippi, and in Memphis, Tennessee. She relates stories from Brown''s time in the Marines, his early married life-which included sixteen years as an Oxford fireman-and what he called his "apprenticeship" period, the eight years during which he was teaching himself to write publishable fiction. The book examines Brown''s years as a writer: the stories and novels he wrote, his struggles to acclimate himself to the fame his writing brought him, and his many trips outside Yocona, where he spent the last thirty years of his life. The book concludes with a discussion of his posthumous fame, including the publication of A Miracle of Catfish , the novel he had nearly completed just before his death. Brown''s cadre of fans will relish this comprehensive portrait of the man and his work.

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Larry Brown (1951-2004) was an American realist writer from Oxford, Mississippi. His working-class origins were explored in an essay collection edited by Cash (emer., James Madison Univ.) and Keith Perry: Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South (CH, Nov'08, 46-2008). Cash has now written an excellent critical biography of Brown, a writer whose fate was to be a fellow townsman of William Faulkner, who was an influence on Brown, but not a crushing one. Cash knew Brown for 15 years and corresponded with him. She had access to his papers and also had the cooperation of his friends and family. She makes a good case for his writing and considers the progress of his reputation. The book has a comprehensive bibliography and is carefully indexed. All future work on Brown will be indebted to this full, intelligent book. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. B. Almon University of Alberta

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