Harrison Scott Key

Johanna Lawshea


Harrison Scott Key is a contributing editor for the Oxford American and a professor of English at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. His work has been featured in The Best American Travel Writing among other places. The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir (Harper) is the riotous, tender story of a bookish Mississippi boy and his flawed, Bunyanesque father. Key grew up among pious, Bible-reading women and men who either shot things or got women pregnant. At the center of his world was his larger-than-life father—a hunter, a fighter, a football coach. Harrison couldn’t have been less like Pop, and resolved to become everything his father was not: an actor, a Presbyterian, and a doctor of philosophy. But when it was time to settle down and start a family of his own, Harrison started to view his father in a new light. Sly, heartfelt, and tirelessly hilarious, The World’s Largest Man is an unforgettable memoir—the story of a boy’s struggle to reconcile himself with an impossibly outsized role model, a grown man’s reckoning with the father it took him a lifetime to understand.