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RIP William Gay

By posted at 9:12 am on February 27, 2012 3

I am very sad to report that William Gay, whom we featured in our “Post-40 Bloomers” series last fall, died on Friday, at the age of 68.  From Clarksville Online: “At first, I would send a story to the New Yorker and when it came back, I’d send it to The Atlantic, or Harper’s or Esquire. I didn’t know about the college literary magazines but when I found out about them, I started getting published. After I finally got published in the Georgia Review, I got a call from the editor at The Atlantic. He asked why I wasn’t sending them something because they’d like to publish my work. I told him I’d been sending things for years. He said they never got to his desk. I had to wonder what kind of operation they were running.”  Look for his final novel The Lost Country, hopefully coming soon.

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3 Responses to “RIP William Gay”

  1. Robert Birnbaum
    at 11:47 am on February 27, 2012
  2. M. Allen Cunningham
    at 12:20 pm on February 27, 2012

    This is a great, enraging loss to contemporary literature. William needed more time, and readers must grieve too soon. May The Lost Country find its way out of limbo.

  3. Robert Birnbaum
    at 2:52 pm on February 27, 2012

    MacADAM Cage says Gay turned in the final manuscript for The Lost Country last month. No word on a publication date.

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