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When Lars Eighner’s memoir, Travels With Lizbeth, was published nearly thirty years ago, it was a literary and media sensation. There was a review on the front page of the New York Times Book Review, a People profile, and an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air. Eighner and his labrador mix, Lizbeth, appeared in a segment of On the Road With Charles Kuralt. “It was a first-time author’s dream,” said Steven Saylor, Eighner’s agent. “But Lars was not in his element; all the press and interviews and the travel were hard for him.”A gentle giant of a man who was reclusive by nature, Eighner had fallen gradually into homelessness after quitting his job at the Texas State Hospital, in Austin, and attempted to support himself by…

The post Lars Eighner’s Memoir of Homelessness Struck Gold. He Still Struggled to Keep a Roof Over His Head. appeared first on Texas Monthly.

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