William Gay (1943-2012)

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Noted Southern writer and occasional Paste contributor William Gay was reportedly found dead last night at the age of 68, reports The Nashville Scene. Suspected cause of death is heart failure.

Gay, a naval veteran of the Vietnam War, didn’t publish his first novel until 1999, when The Long Home won a James A. Michener Memorial Prize and started a bidding war among publishers for the follow-up, Provinces of Night. His 2002 novel I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down was adapted by director Scott Teems. That Evening Sun was one of Paste’s best movies of 2009.

In 2006, Gay wrote a personal essay for Paste magazine on Bob Dylan, looking at how Dylan’s music had affected his coming of age. You can read the essay here.

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