Author bio

Harrison Scott Key

Harrison Scott Key - book author

Harrison Scott Key is the author of two memoirs, including Congratulations, You Are You Again? (Harper Perennial), a true story about how his American Dream to do something creative and meaningful with his life nearly obliterated every meaningful thing in his life. His first memoir, The World's Largest Man, a true story about what it's like to be related to insane people from Mississippi, including the surprise revelation on the last page that he is also insane and the book is a hallucination, won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, a major literary award, according to his mother.

Harrison's humor and nonfiction have appeared in The Best American Travel Writing, Oxford American, Outside, The New York Times, Men's Journal, The American Conservative, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Mockingbird, Salon, Savannah Magazine, Reader's Digest, Image, Southern Living, Gulf Coast, and Creative Nonfiction, as well as a number of magazines that don't pay you anything at all, not even a little, but it was cool, because people who work at magazines are mostly poor, and helping the poor is a priority for Harrison, should he come under scrutiny.

Harrison has lectured, talked, read, performed, etc., around the world for audiences of 0 to 1,000, depending on how many of his mother's friends live in that city. He has spoken at book festivals, bookstores, conferences, variety shows, radio shows, and universities around the country, as well as retirement communities and at least one religious organization whose members were perfectly courteous up until the end. He has also performed comedy at venues around the U.S., if you include three or four different cities to be "around the U.S."

He holds an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in various kinds of "writing with words" and works at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children and a cat named Joan Rivers and a fish that won't ever die or may be dead already, it is difficult to tell. (UPDATE: The fish is dead.)

Harrison Scott Key is the author of books: The World's Largest Man, Congratulations, Who Are You Again?

Author books

Harrison Scott Key was born in Memphis, but he grew up in Mississippi, among pious Bible-reading women and men who either shot things or got women pregnant. At the center of his world was his larger-than-life father—a hunter, a fighter, a football coach, "a man better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the nineteenth century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas and paved roads and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, and he taught me many things: how to fight and work and cheat and how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and, if necessary, with hammers."

Harrison, with his love of books and excessive interest in hugging, couldn't have been less like Pop, and when it became clear that he was not able to kill anything very well, or otherwise make his father happy, he resolved to become everything his father was not: an actor, a Presbyterian, and a doctor of philosophy. But when it was time to settle down and start a family of his own, Harrison began to view his father in a new light and realized—for better and for worse—how much like his old man he'd become.

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 an impossibly outsize role model, and a grown man's reckoning with the father it took him a lifetime to understand.