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Larry BrownA Writer's Life$
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Jean W. Cash

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739800

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739800.001.0001

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Remembering Larry and A Miracle of Catfish, 2004–2007

Remembering Larry and A Miracle of Catfish, 2004–2007

(p.234) Chapter Fifteen Remembering Larry and A Miracle of Catfish, 2004–2007
Larry Brown

Jean W. Cash

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses Larry Brown’s death and his novel A Miracle of Catfish. Mary Annie Brown, in the wake of Larry’s death, sent the unfinished manuscript of the novel to the Free Press via her late husband’s agent, Liz Darhansoff. With the author unable to promote the book, the press was not enthusiastic about publishing the novel, and Mary Annie asked to have the manuscript returned. She thought of submitting it to Shannon Ravenel; she “just felt like with this book, Larry needed to go back home to Algonquin.” Ravenel liked the novel but hated the “silliness” of the chapter titles. She felt that Brown had created them just to have fun as he wrote, but “what’s not silly is the novel’s overriding insistence on the importance of fatherhood.”

Keywords:   unfinished manuscript, Free Press, Liz Darhansoff, Shannon Ravenel, importance of fatherhood

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