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Fireman-Writer, Bad Boy Novelist, King of Grit Lit: “Building” Larry Brown(s) at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Keith Perry

in Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110751
eISBN:
9781604736366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses the evolution of the Larry Brown(s) that the publisher Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill “built” for promotional campaigns, and which reviewers and the press then “built” for ... More


On The Rough South of Larry Brown: An Interview with Filmmaker Gary Hawkins

Katherine Powell

in Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110751
eISBN:
9781604736366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter presents the transcript of an interview with independent filmmaker Gary Hawkins, who talks about his award-winning documentary The Rough South of Larry Brown (2002). Conducted in 2003, ... More


Larry Brown: A Writer's Life

Jean W. Cash

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739800
eISBN:
9781604739862
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739800.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Larry Brown 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 ... More


Years of Triumph: Fay, the Wallace Award, and Montana, 1999–2000

Jean W. Cash

in Larry Brown: A Writer's Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739800
eISBN:
9781604739862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739800.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses the beginning of 1999 when Larry Brown received another honor—a poll conducted by Oxford Town named him favorite local writer. In the same poll, “Merry Christmas, Scotty” tied ... More


Home and the Open Road: The Nonfiction of Larry Brown

Robert G. Barrier

in Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110751
eISBN:
9781604736366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s two nonfiction works: his memoir On Fire: A Personal Account of Life and Death and Choices (1994); and his collection of essays titled Billy Ray’s Farm: ... More


A Miracle of Catfish and the Recursions of Art

John A. Staunton

in Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110751
eISBN:
9781604736366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter, which offers a reading of Larry Brown’s novel A Miracle of Catfish, posthumously published in 2007, describes Brown as “an ethnographer of those struggling to negotiate life at the ... More


Larry Brown: A Firefighter Finds His Voice

Joe Samuel Starnes

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the life and work of Larry Brown. Born in 1951, Brown grew up in rural Lafayette County, Mississippi, the land on which William Faulkner based his fictional Yoknapatawpha ... More


Saving Them from Their Lives: Storytelling and Self-Fulfillment in Big Bad Love

Jean W. Cash

in Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110751
eISBN:
9781604736366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s second volume of short stories, Big Bad Love (1990), which focuses on the working class of rural Mississippi, specifically men who try to add meaning to ... More


Introduction

Jean W. Cash

in Larry Brown: A Writer's Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739800
eISBN:
9781604739862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739800.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book focuses on Larry Brown, a Mississippi writer who loved the world he grew up in and never really left it. In appearance and manner, Brown seemed a typical inhabitant of the area. Rugged, ... More


Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry (eds)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110751
eISBN:
9781604736366
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Larry Brown (1951–2004) is noted for his subjects—rural life, poverty, war, and the working class—and his spare, gritty style. His oeuvre spans several genres and includes acclaimed novels (Dirty ... More


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