Thursday, October 5, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: October 5, 1932 – Ed McClanahan

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia –
Edward Poage McClanahan, author, the son of Edward Leroy and Jesse (Poage) McClanahan, was born in Brooksville, Kentucky, on October 5, 1932. He attended school there and in Maysville, where the family moved in 1948. He received a bachelor of arts in English from Miami University in Ohio in 1955 and a master of arts in English from the University of Kentucky in 1958. He taught at Oregon State University from 1958 to 1962, when he received a Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing from Stanford University in California. He stayed on at Stanford as E.H. Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing until 1972. He taught at the University of Montana from 1973 to 1976. He also taught at the University of Kentucky and at Northern Kentucky University. In 1976 he moved to Port Royal, Kentucky.
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.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

McClanahan, Ed. A Congress of Wonders. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1996. Print.
PS3563.C3397 C66 1996, Young Library – 5th Floor

McClanahan, Ed., Carolyn. Whitesel, Wesley W. Bates, Deborah. Kessler, Rhonda. Seabolt, Leslie. Shane, Gray. Zeitz, and Larkspur Press. Fondelle, Or, The Whore with a Heart of Gold : A Report from the Field. Monterey, Ky.: Larkspur, 2002. Print.
PS3563.C3397 F6 2002 c.1, Special Collections Research Center - Rare Books

McClanahan, Ed. Spit in the Ocean 7 : All about Kesey. New York: Penguin, 2003. Print.
PS3561.E667 Z87 2003, Young Library - 5th Floor

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