Bio: Born on November 19, 1922 in Mount Vernon, NY, Mark Harris received a Ph. D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota in 1956. He has taught in the Language Arts Departments of San Francisco State College, Purdue University, the California Institute of the Arts, Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he is professor of English at Arizona State University, Tempe. Mark Harris is a member of the Authors Guild, the Writers Guild of America, and the Dramatists Guild. He has written numerous novels, non-fiction works, dramatic works, articles, reviews, and essays. Mark Harris married the former Josephine Horen, and they have three children: Hester Jill, Anthony Wynn, and Henry Adam.
The second of four novels that chronicle the career of baseball player Henry W. Wiggen--a set of books many consider the finest novels ever written about baseball--Mark Harris' Bang the Drum Slowly, published in 1956, is a simple and moving testament to the immutable power of friendship. The title page announces that it is "by Henry W. Wiggen / Certain of His Enthusiasms Restrained by Mark Harris," a charming touch that lets the reader know that a genial, conversational first-person voice will t... more info>>
This is a novel about something we all know, something we carry within us: our inward rage, our lives of fantasy. Not all of us accommodate rage or fantasy in the same way. Most of us--bless us--go about our peaceful business, though our confidential fury may produce fantasies we'd rather not confess. Sometimes some of us translate fantasies to outer life. Most of us do not. Brown, in Killing Everybody (he has no other name we know), carries in his heart a burden of anger so terrible we think th... more info>>
When the lustful but impotent professor-novelist Lee Youngdahl encounters the beautiful Mariolena Sunwall, a student in his writing class, he learns of a novel she's eager to have published and decides he can help her land a book contract with one of New York's most prestigious publishing house. But he has his own agenda and some extracurricular activities in mind. Working for Mariolena gives him the inspiration he needs to break out of his paralyzing writer's block, but that's not all he's hopi... more info>>
With The Southpaw, novelist Mark Harris begins the remarkable saga of a gifted baseball pitcher named Henry W. Wiggen, which would unfold in four novels over the course of some 27 years between the publication of The Southpaw (1952) and It Looked Like For Ever (1979). Harris frames The Southpaw in an irresistible way, letting the fictional hero Wiggen "tell" his own story in the vernacular--bad grammar, run-on sentences, the works. In fact, the title page tells the reader that The Southpaw is "b... more info>>
Originally written in 1959, this is the hilariously explosive account of Youngdahl, a novelist, playwright, ex-Mormon, and father of seven. He is a frenzied man who is beginning a letter-writing campaign to escape his curiously ironic situation, and of course, his profession. Along with Abner Klang, his not-so-literary agent who seems to have misplaced the "f" key on his typewriter, Youngdahl joins forces with a Mormon bishop, a TV adapter, and a prizefighter, among others, to spearhead a comic ... more info>>