Man Martin was born in Ocala, Florida, in 1959, where his father was a high-ranking government official, and his mother, a famous (some say infamous) socialite and taste-maker whose salon was considered de rigeur in the demi-monde of the Central Florida literary set.
During the anarchist uprising of '66, an assassin's bullet found Martin's father in the midst of composing his great monograph exploring the genus of the cabbage palm, and Martin's mother fled with Man and his sisters - his brother Homer had already enlisted in the Resistance where he would win several medals of valor and the Distinguished Service Pin - to Fort Pierce, where she opened a fashionable tea room, serving, among others, Marcel Proust, Ernest Hemingway, and Frank Zappa. But two years later, the Germans rolled in, and the Martins had to flee once more.
Martin, nine years old by this time, had already written his first novel, and Gertrude Stein, one of his mother's patrons, who'd seen an unpublished manuscript, pronounced it a "work of genius." Unfortunately, in the hurry and confusion, the manuscript was left behind. Ezra Pound, who briefly occupied the house in the summer of '70 is believed to have found Martin's inchoate notes and used them to fashion his own masterpiece, Look Homeward Angel, which he published under the pen name of Herman Melville.
|By this time, the young Man Martin had|
already written several novels
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(Originally posted 2012)