Farewell... E. Lynn Harris


For me E. Lynn came into my life at a time when I needed him most. I remember the time quite vividly... I was in the midst of finals during the end of my freshman year. I was finally coming into accepting myself when a good friend asked me if I had ever read, Invisible Life. I had never heard of the book or even the woman, so I thought, who had wrote it. The next day i stopped by our library and to my surprise they had the book. I checked it out along with several other books... hoping no one would see it in my stack. I exited out the side entrance dropping all of the other books back into the return drop and made my way back to my apartment.

Neglecting the studying I needed to do for my final the next day... I got comfortable on my couch and began to read only stopping to go take the test the next day. I finished the book in less than two days and was amazed that someone was writing about a life that was so foreign to me... but whose title was ironic.

Over the next few weeks I read all the books he had published at that time... and eagerly awaited his next one. He was my first introduction into this genre of literature which led me to discover Keith Boykin's One More River to Cross and James Earl Hardy and other authors.

I thank E. Lynn most of all comforting me and reassuring me when I needed it. But also for exposing me to writings I never knew existed.

4 comments:

twinston1911 said...

thanks for that Charles are u are right his books was so inspiring to me, I read invisible live about year after it came out and I was so excited to be reading a book about black gay men, it was so well written I loved it, and when I learned he had released just as I am, I ran to the book store, it was even better than invisible live, this was the early 90s I’ve read every book he wrote, except his memoirs which I will get this week, man he will be missed,

thegayte-keeper said...

I JUST TOLD A FRIEND THAT HIS BOOKS ARE THE ONLY ONES I CAN READ AND ENJOY MYSELF FROM START TO FINISH...

The CPA Doc said...

he will be missed for sure...what a life and a legacy he leaves

Anonymous said...

cant believe this... a major loss to our community