Brad Vice

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Brad Vice (born November 14, 1973) is a fiction writer whose short story collection, The Bear Bryant Funeral Train, won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press. When the Press discovered that one of the stories in the collection was based on a section of the 1934 book Stars Fell on Alabama by Carl Carmer, the Press accused Vice of plagiarism and made the controversial decision to revoke his prize and destroy all copies of the book. While some agreed that Vice had plagiarized the story, a number of commentators and editors protested this decision, saying that Vice made no attempt to hide what he did and was merely adapting a classic literary work to a new age via a postmodern apparatus. The collection has since been re-issued, in a slightly revised format.

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Vice was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1973 and raised in Northport, Alabama. Vice's father, Leon Vice, worked as a high school history teacher and a farmer while his mother Dorothy worked as a radiology technician.

According to Vice, he spent his summers working on his grandparents’ cattle farm and reading. In December 1994, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama; he subsequently earned a Master's degree from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Cincinnati. He worked briefly as an assistant professor of the English language at Arkansas Tech University before joining......
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