Harrison Scott Key

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Genre(s) Humor Memoir

Harrison Scott Key is the author of The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir (HarperCollins), and his essays and humor have appeared (or will soon) in The Best American Travel Writing, Oxford American, Outside Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Image, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. He holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction and a Ph.D. in playwriting and teaches writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), including courses in humor, memoir, story, composition, and more.

Book Title: The World's Largest Man

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 all the comic spirit 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.