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Author Bio

Harrison Scott Key is the author of The World's Largest Man, winner of the 2016 Thurber Prize in American Humor. His nonfiction and humor have appeared in The New York Times, Outside, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Best American Travel Writing, Southern Living, Salon, Reader's Digest, Image, Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, and Oxford American, where he serves as a contributing editor. He teaches writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children. Online, you can find him at www.HarrisonScottKey.com and www.facebook.com/harrisonscottkey. On Twitter, he's @HarrisonKey.

The World's Largest Man Book Description

The World's Largest Man is both a grand comic satire on the contemporary American South and the tender story of a boy and his Bunyanesque father, told with the comic punch of David Sedaris and the wild, burlesque charm of Mark Twain. Harrison grew up in Mississippi, where, he says, "there was very little to do but shoot things or get them pregnant." Of his father, he says, "The man was perhaps better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the 19th century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, who taught us many things: How to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and also, if necessary, with hammers." Sly, heartfelt, and tirelessly hilarious, The World's Largest Man is an unforgettable memoir—the story of a boy's struggle to reconcile himself with a father it took him a lifetime to understand.

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Praise for Harrison Scott Key and The World's Largest Man

"Key's talent is all his own [...] An uncommonly entertaining story replete with consistent wit and lethal weaponry."

  — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"Harrison Scott Key is a brilliant and rare writer, a pureblood prince of both the Southern literary and Southern humorist houses, each fathered by Mark Twain. Harrison is hysterically funny and achingly exact in his diagnosis of the human condition. His prose entertains you, and stains your soul, as great art should."

   — Bob Guccione Jr., Founder of Spin magazine

"Harrison Scott Key belongs to a grand school of Southern humorists who manage to mix regional pride with personal humility. He reminds me of Roy Blount Jr., and that's a high compliment."

   — Curtis Wilkie, Author of Fall of the House of Zeus and Dixie

"Harrison Key's voice is full of charm and winning honesty, and his essays are so painfully funny that you forget they are painful, too. Like David Sedaris, who uses humor to investigate homosexuality, Key uses humor to investigate American manhood, and his observations are insightful and provocative. His ear for dialogue is pitch-perfect and his timing instinctive. Harrison Key makes it look easy."

   — Beth Ann Fennelly, co-author of A Tilted World

"Laugh-out loud funny and painfully self-aware. When he introduces you to his family, a collection of football and gun nuts from Mississippi, he does it with a brutal honesty that spares no one, including himself. It works because as much as his family can't figure out where he came from, he can't figure it out either. A great read."

   — Joe Birbiglia, screenwriter of Sleepwalk With Me

"I've rediscovered the joy—the sheer delight of laughing so hard I cry, wet my pants and wake up my wife. Harrison Scott Key is the funniest damn writer I've come across in a long time. His stories are raw and unfiltered and he writes about the sort of things a Southern boy's Mama told him to never mention—the stuff worth writing about."

   — Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts