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Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South$
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Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110751

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.001.0001

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Fireman-Writer, Bad Boy Novelist, King of Grit Lit

Fireman-Writer, Bad Boy Novelist, King of Grit Lit

“Building” Larry Brown(s) at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

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(p.130) Fireman-Writer, Bad Boy Novelist, King of Grit Lit
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Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South
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Keith Perry

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.003.0010

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 author profiles and book reviews. It suggests that one of the best gauges of Brown’s reputation as a writer is the lack of representation that references his early years, as well as his publicists’ and reviewers’ abilities to bypass “Larry Brown, the fireman writer, if not the Oxford native, the sharecropper’s son, the former marine, or any of his other extraliterary incarnations” to tell their readers about “Larry Brown, writer.” To show how Brown was presented first to reviewers, then to readers, the chapter looks at his works, including Facing the Music, Dirty Work, Big Bad Love, Joe, Father and Son, Fay, and On Fire: A Personal Account of Life and Death and Choices.

Keywords:   promotional campaigns, press, author profiles, book reviews, Larry Brown, Facing the Music, Dirty Work, Big Bad Love, On Fire, Algonquin Books

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