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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


Facing the Music: What’s Wrong with all those Happy Endings

Darlin’ Neal

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/9781934110751.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter analyzes Larry Brown’s debut collection of short stories, Facing the Music, and its female characters. It argues that many of the women in the stories are victims of both the patriarchy ... More


“Rough South”: Beginnings

Gary Hawkins

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/9781496802330.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the beginnings of the Rough South designation. The chapter's author reflects on meeting Larry Brown, a largely self-educated writer who was born into a working-class family and ... More


The White Trash Cowboys of Father and Son

Thomas Ærvold Bjerre

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/9781934110751.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s 1996 novel Father and Son within the context of a literary and cinematic tradition in Mississippi. Father and Son is a story of honor, justice, ... More


Hard Traveling: Fay’s Deep-South Landscape of Violence

Robert Beuka

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/9781934110751.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s 2000 novel Fay, arguing that its pervasive violence is a defining characteristic of the postmodern South. A gripping and violent tale of a young woman ... More


Implicating the Reader: Dirty Work and the Burdens of Southern History

Robert Donahoo

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/9781934110751.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s 1989 novel Dirty Work, focusing on how it asks readers to willingly identify with the appalling situation that the central character, Walter James, ... More


The Rabbit Factory: Escaping the Isolation of the Cage

Richard Gaughran

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/9781934110751.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s 2003 novel The Rabbit Factory, and suggests that it presupposes but ultimately disproves the argument that contemporary life inevitably and irreversibly ... More


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

Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book describes and discusses the work of southern writers who began their careers in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. They fall into two categories. Some, born into the ... More


Economics of the Cracker Landscape: Poverty as an Environmental Issue in Larry Brown’s Joe

Jay Watson

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/9781934110751.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s 1991 novel Joe, which focuses on the lives of poor whites in Mississippi struggling to survive amid a landscape increasingly despoiled by an extractive ... More


From “The Rise of Southern Redneck and White Trash Writers”1

Erik Bledsoe

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/9781496802330.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the emergence of a new generation of southern writers who are giving voice to a different group of southerners, forcing their readers to reexamine long-held stereotypes and ... More


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