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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


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


Full-Time Writer: Big Bad Love, 1990

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/9781604739800.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Larry Brown’s decision to leave the Oxford Fire Department, encouraged by the success of Dirty Work. Brown calculated that he needed only about twenty thousand dollars to ... More


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