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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia –
From the late 1950s on, McClanahan published stories, essays, and reviews in numerous magazines, including Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Playboy. He received Playboy magazine's award for nonfiction in 1972 and 1974. The Natural Man, a novel that had been in the making since 1961, was published in 1983 to the delight of both reviewers and readers who appreciated its humor and its language, which is at once raunchy and elegant. The Chicago Tribune's reviewer said that this book "is written perfectly." The Natural Man was followed, in 1985, by Famous People I Have Known, autobiographical essays.
McClanahan married Katherine Andrews in 1957; they had three children: Kristin, Caitlin, and Jess. In 1975 he married Cia White; the children of this marriage are Annie June and William White.