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E. Lynn Harris Dead at 54

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E. Lynn Harris, the author who wrote a series of books about closeted black men, including Invisible Life, died Thursday during a business trip. He was 54.

The success of Harris is intriguing: With some four million books in print, he was unquestionably one of America’s most successful authors. But while he wrote about black men hiding in the closet, his readership was composed significantly of black women.

We quite liked Teresa Wiltz’s send-off of the writer.