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Harris, E. Lynn (1955-2009)  
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Although Harris was not immune to prejudice and , his is a postmodern, gay success story. Appropriately, Harris remarked that he considered himself not a gay writer, nor a black writer, nor yet a black, gay writer, but simply a writer. The diversity and breadth of his large audience suggest that this is how his readers saw him as well.

Harris died of heart disease on July 23, 2009 in Los Angeles, while he was on a book tour promoting his tenth novel, Basketball Jones, about a professional basketball player and his relationship with a New Orleans businessman.

Carla Williams

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Harris, E. Lynn. "Foreword." Go the Way Your Blood Beats: An Anthology of Lesbian and Gay Fiction by African-American Writers. Shawn Stewart Ruff, ed. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1996.

Parks, Michelle. "E. Lynn Harris." The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture (2008):


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    Author: Williams, Carla  
    Entry Title: Harris, E. Lynn  
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