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Virtual Hillbilly: Musings on JT LeRoy by a Flesh-and-Blood West Virginian

Virtual Hillbilly: Musings on JT LeRoy by a Flesh-and-Blood West Virginian ARTICLE Virtual Hillbilly: Musings on JT LeRoy by a Flesh-and-Blood West Virginian Ann Pancake doesn't exist at all. So it turns out that the most famous West Virginia writer in history (well, at least in recent history) is not only not West Virginian. He As you know if you've run across any of the million and a half items Google coughs up for "JT LeRoy," many if not most written in just the past few months, the story goes like this: our author was born in 1980 in an unspecified West Virginia town. After a wildly abusive childhood in the state, distinguished by his mother prostituting him at truck stops, young JT escaped to San Francisco. There he lived on the streets, still hooking and at some point developing a heroin addiction, until he was rescued by a social worker named Emily Frasier in 1993. While in therapy with psychologist Dr. Terence Owens, JT began to write. Owens immediately recognized JT's latent genius and put him in touch with the first of many well-established writers and editors. By the time JT was sixteen, his work was appearing in popular magazines and journals--not bad for a formerly homeless hillbilly http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Appalachian Review University of North Carolina Press

Virtual Hillbilly: Musings on JT LeRoy by a Flesh-and-Blood West Virginian

Appalachian Review , Volume 34 (3) – Jan 8, 2006

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ARTICLE Virtual Hillbilly: Musings on JT LeRoy by a Flesh-and-Blood West Virginian Ann Pancake doesn't exist at all. So it turns out that the most famous West Virginia writer in history (well, at least in recent history) is not only not West Virginian. He As you know if you've run across any of the million and a half items Google coughs up for "JT LeRoy," many if not most written in just the past few months, the story goes like this: our author was born in 1980 in an unspecified West Virginia town. After a wildly abusive childhood in the state, distinguished by his mother prostituting him at truck stops, young JT escaped to San Francisco. There he lived on the streets, still hooking and at some point developing a heroin addiction, until he was rescued by a social worker named Emily Frasier in 1993. While in therapy with psychologist Dr. Terence Owens, JT began to write. Owens immediately recognized JT's latent genius and put him in touch with the first of many well-established writers and editors. By the time JT was sixteen, his work was appearing in popular magazines and journals--not bad for a formerly homeless hillbilly

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Appalachian ReviewUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 8, 2006

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