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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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Literary Apprenticeship, 1980–1987

Literary Apprenticeship, 1980–1987

(p.46) Chapter Three Literary Apprenticeship, 1980–1987
Larry Brown

Jean W. Cash

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the manner in which Larry Brown described his decision to become a writer in A Late Start. Because he had long been a reader of popular fiction, he decided to change his life by trying to become a writer. Brown believed that he could teach himself to write salable fiction in the same way that he had learned such skills as carpentry and firefighting. He wanted to make money so that his three children would not start their adult lives “working in a factory.” His wife Mary Annie ultimately provided her full support to her husband’s writing endeavor: in Brown’s own words, “She believed that I wanted it badly enough, and she was willing to support and stand by me.”

Keywords:   popular fiction, salable fiction, carpentry, firefighting, Mary Annie, full support

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