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Brian Jay Corrigan
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Brian has been writing stories since childhood and won his first national award at seventeen (with a full-length play entitled The Sound of the River). His work is suffused with richly drawn characters, evocative settings, and "lushly lyrical" writing. He has led an exciting life. From beginning as an actor, playwright, and professional daredevil, he has grown into a globe-trotter and internationally recognized expert in Renaissance literature.

Brian's love of life and his devotion to literature enriches his novels. Perhaps he was destined to become a writer of deeply moving, profoundly beautiful love stories. His personal background is filled to overflowing with drama and richness.

Brian comes from a long theatrical background. His great-grandparents owned a traveling tent show. His grandmother was a professional dancer and one of Kansas City's Tower Adorables--the Midwest's answer to the Rockettes--during the "Roaring" decade of gangsters and gun molls. His mother grew up on the stage, danced with Vera Ellen, appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, and made Hollywood movies.

Brian followed the family profession, writing plays and acting professionally. When he was not gainfully employed on the legitimate stage, he filled the time performing a Houdini-style magic act. He has been handcuffed and thrown into rivers and straitjacketed and raised a hundred feet by his ankles. He has also acted on stage with Katharine Hepburn and read twice for the part of Luke Skywalker.

He returned to college in his early twenties, studied Shakespeare, and graduated with honors in just three years. He next went to Tulane University where he studied law and Renaissance literature and, in the short span of six years, earned a J.D., M.A., and Ph.D.

Today, Brian is professor of Renaissance literature in the University system of Georgia. He is also a world-known expert in Shakespeare and has delivered lectures at the Shakespeare Association of America, the International Shakespeare Conference, and at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Brian is an animal lover who surrounds himself with cats, dogs, and horses.

He is a horse trainer (resistance-free, of course), rides dressage, and was once a nationally ranked fencer (foil and epee).

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