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Author Denis Johnson, pictured here in 2013, died in May of 2017. The new posthumously published collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, features five of Johnson's short stories. Cindy Lee Johnson/Courtesy of Random House hide caption

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Cindy Lee Johnson/Courtesy of Random House

Posthumously Published 'Sea Maiden' Affirms Denis Johnson's Eternal Voice

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Denis Johnson, who won the 2007 National Book Award for Tree of Smoke, died Thursday. Cindy Johnson/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus & Giroux hide caption

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