e lynn harrisThe Death of E. Lynn Harris:
Remembering His Writing Just as it Was

by Earta Watts-Hicks
August 2009


In the early nineties, long before the term “down low” was ever coined, Invisible Life caught the attention of readers everywhere. As word of mouth spread like a wild fire, its taboo subject matter had Black women openly discussing bisexual men and what impact their relationships have on the Black community. But, far greater than the scandal between the sheets was what E. Lynn Harris accomplished between the pages.

Harris was introduced to the literary world, during the wave of African American popular fiction that was set in the South or in the past. While Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Gloria Naylor were forces to be reckoned with, Harris exploded onto the scene with contemporary writing, current themes, and plenty of ingenuity. His characters were educated, upwardly mobile, spiritual, and professional men and women. They belonged to Black Greek-letter organizations and played for sports teams. They frequented trendy restaurants, hob-knobbed with celebrities, and visited familiar locales. His writing was as innovative as it was stylish. His ability to entangle his characters and engage his readers was uncanny.

While his a fan base consists largely of straight, Black women, critics wondered why so many were drawn to his novels. The appeal of his novels is based on more than the shock value of the revelation of this double life that exists with some bisexual men. Harris’s writing gives a portrait, a portrait with such a level of intimacy that women can relate and understand the torment that exists with this type of duality. Having already connected his readers to his characters through their affiliations, education, hobbies, and ambitions, he draws women in further to understanding that all are connected in the Black community, and there are deeper causes that exist, namely HIV and AIDS.

For nearly two decades, E. Lynn Harris gave readers and writers alike much to think about and aspire to. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy lives on in the pages of his novels and in the hearts of his readers.

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Eartha Watts-Hicks is a freelance writer and editor. Her debut novel, Love Changes will be released in February 2010. For more information, visit www.earthatone.com
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Nancy :
Posted 2896 days ago
RIP E. Lynn i just cant belive how quite it is now that you are gone to a better place. I belive that U are now a shining star smileing down on us. U will be missed. Thank You for enlighting us, and giving as so great enjoyment reading your book. Bless you.
Miriam :
Posted 2899 days ago
Admirable article. We will all miss his gift!
Mya Ficks :
Posted 2899 days ago
Nice article, well written. E. Lynn Harris was a great writer, his stories moved you even on the "in the closet" subject matter he touched on. God bless!
Fan of E LYNN :
Posted 2910 days ago
RIP E. LYNN HARRIS
 



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