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Throughout history writers in different eras have been a dime a dozen Everywhere you turn someone is writing something new and interesting but how often does one actually make it Well back in year nineteen fifty-two a man came to be that would someday make it in the tangled skeins of the writing world In Gainesville Florida a man named Padgett Powell was born into a world that he would soon bombard with his interesting yet obscure stories Throughout his childhood he moved from place to place in various parts of Florida From Tampa to Jacksonville he was a man of the world or Florida at the very least Toward the end of his childhood he and his parents moved to North Carolina where he then decided to attend the University of North Carolina in Charleston He began as an English major but his frequent disputes with his professors convinced him to change to Chemistry major Quickly realizing that he was not cut out to be a member of the Chemistry Society he dropped out of the university and became a roofer in the region known as Texas In 1983 when he needed a change of course in his life he enrolled in the University of Houstons Master of fine arts in fiction writing program hoping to meet the woman of his dreams Instead he met Donald Barthelme a post modernist writer who had just recently joined the Houston faculty Powell then began his prominent writing career by creating the first three chapters of his Kleiner 2 award winning novel Edisto In 1984 after marrying poet Sidney Wade Powell applied and was granted a position at the University of Florida as a professor of their creative writing department His book Edisto flourished and produced more than 30000 copies and was purchased as a screenplay but was never actually made into a movie Out of all his novels this proved to by the most successful followed
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