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Rough South, Rural SouthRegion and Class in Recent Southern Literature$
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Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802330

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.001.0001

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Harry Crews: Progenitor

Harry Crews: Progenitor

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(p.16) Harry Crews: Progenitor
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Rough South, Rural South
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David K. Jeffrey

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0003

This chapter discusses the life and work of Harry Crews. Born on June 7, 1935, in Alma, a rural town in Bacon County, Georgia, Crews described the poverty and despair of his upbringing in A Childhood: The Biography of a Place (1979). In 1968 he published his first novel, The Gospel Singer. When Crews died on March 28, 2013, he had more than twenty-five titles to his credit: novels, chapter collections, screenplays, and novellas. He published his best works between 1974 and 1979. In addition to The Gospel Singer, Crews wrote Naked in Garden Hills, This Thing Don't Lead to Heaven, Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit, Car, The Hawk Is Dying, and The Gypsy's Curse.

Keywords:   novels, Harry Crews, A Childhood, The Gospel Singer, Car, The Gypsy's Curse

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