Author E. Lynn Harris Dies at 54
E. Lynn Harris, a pioneer of gay black fiction and a literary entrepreneur who rose from self-publishing to best-selling status, died Thursday night after being stricken at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. He was just 54.
An improbable and inspirational success story, Harris worked for a decade as an IBM executive before taking up writing, selling the novel "Invisible Life" from his car as he visited salons and beauty parlors around Atlanta. He had unprecedented success for an openly gay black author and his strength as a romance writer led some to call him the "male Terry McMillan." He published 11 novels, 10 of which were on The New York Times best-seller list. There are over 4 million copies of his books in print, according to his publisher, Doubleday.
Matt Schudel is working on an article for tomorrow's paper, which will be online later today. In the meantime, tell us about your favorite books by him.
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