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Everette “E” Lynn Harris

Everette “E” Lynn Harris (June 20, 1955 – July 23, 2009) was an American author best known for his novels that explored themes of African-American and gay culture. Harris gained prominence for his groundbreaking portrayal of black, gay characters in his books, which resonated with a diverse audience.

Born in Flint, Michigan, Harris initially pursued a career in sales and worked for IBM before transitioning to writing. He self-published his first novel, “Invisible Life,” in 1991, and it gained popularity through word of mouth. The book followed the life of a young African-American man coming to terms with his sexuality and navigating relationships.

E. Lynn Harris when he was editor of the Razorback yearbook in 1977

“Invisible Life” was a critical and commercial success, and it launched Harris’ career as a prominent writer. He went on to publish several more novels, including “Just As I Am,” “Abide with Me,” “If This World Were Mine,” and “Anyway the Wind Blows.” Harris’s books explored themes such as love, identity, family, and the challenges faced by black gay men in society.

Harris’s writing style was characterized by engaging storytelling, emotional depth, and relatable characters. He tackled social issues and presented complex and nuanced portrayals of his characters, challenging stereotypes and offering a fresh perspective.

Tragically, Harris passed away on July 23, 2009, at the age of 54, due to heart disease. His contributions to literature and his portrayal of marginalized communities continue to have a lasting impact. E. Lynn Harris’s work remains celebrated for its representation and exploration of race, sexuality, and love in contemporary African-American culture.

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