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Harry Crews (1935–2012)

Autor/a de A Feast of Snakes

29+ obres 3,090 Membres 81 Ressenyes 17 preferits

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Harry Crews was born in Alma, Georgia on June 7, 1935. He served three years in the Marines then entered the University of Florida on the G.I. Bill. He received a bachelor's degree in literature in 1960, followed by a master's in education. He taught at Broward Community College and wrote copy for mostra'n més Nelson Boswell's radio show Challenge the Response. His first novel, The Gospel Singer, was published in 1968. His other works include Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit, Car, The Hawk Is Dying, The Gypsy's Curse, A Feast of Snakes, The Knockout Artist, Scar Lover, and Celebration. He also wrote a memoir entitled A Childhood: The Biography of a Place. He died from complications of neuropathy on March 28, 2012 at the age of 76. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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Obres de Harry Crews

A Feast of Snakes (1976) 627 exemplars
Body (1990) 275 exemplars
The Knockout Artist (1942) 201 exemplars
Scar Lover (1992) 197 exemplars
The Mulching of America: A Novel (1995) 195 exemplars
Celebration (1998) 178 exemplars
Gospel Singer (1968) 177 exemplars
All We Need of Hell (1987) 121 exemplars
Car (1972) 106 exemplars
Blood and Grits (1979) 87 exemplars
The Gypsy's Curse (1674) 66 exemplars
The Hawk Is Dying (1973) 63 exemplars
Naked in Garden Hills (1969) 60 exemplars

Obres associades

Modern American Memoirs (1995) — Col·laborador — 188 exemplars
Growing Up in the South: An Anthology of Modern Southern Literature (1991) — Col·laborador — 141 exemplars
Little Deaths (1995) — Col·laborador — 130 exemplars
The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction (1993) — Col·laborador — 88 exemplars
Step Right Up: Stories of Carnivals, Sideshows, and the Circus (2004) — Col·laborador — 51 exemplars
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Col·laborador — 39 exemplars
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
Speed: Stories of Survival from Behind the Wheel (2002) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars


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Data de naixement
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Alma, Georgia, USA
Lloc de defunció
Gainsville, Florida



The Gospel Singer is the brillant debut by Harry Crews, originally published in 1968, reprinted in 2023 by Penguin Classics. Imagine a gritter, more depraved & amorale Flannery O'Connor story. This is what you're getting yourself into when you read Harry Crews. His work is unflenching, humorous, and disturbing, much like the work of O'Connor. The only difference is Crews wasn't a devout Catholic.

The Gospel Singer is a book steeped in old time religion and deep southern poverty-stricken pathos. It looks at how the south is haunted by Christ and how easily human nature can be corrupted. In this way, you could compare it to O'Connor's Wise Blood. Just don't expect any redemption.

The un-named gospel singer is a morally repugnant celebrity, who treated as holy by the hordes who see his beauty and godliness in his voice (sort of like a demented Elvis Presley). People are saved on the spot and he merely takes advantage of his pickings, burying himself in lust. And everyone wants a piece of him, even the killer of his lustful nemesis, MaryBell. In the novel, The Gospel Singer returns to his home town to sign at a revival, the singer must confront the corruption he has caused head on and it all leads towards a chilling violent ending.

With a bizarre cast of characters, twisted story, humorous dialogue, uncomforatable racial dynamics, and shocking ending The Gospel Singer certainly probably was a revelation when it was published. It still is shocking today.

I've been told that this isn't even the best Crews novel. And that's wild because it is a great debut novel. If The Gospel Singer is any indication, Crews' other novels are well worth reading.

Pairs well wih bourdon and some Johnny Cash or Elvis Presley records.
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ryantlaferney87 | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Dec 8, 2023 |
Love and hatred roll together in a marriage when there are few scraps of comfort to be shared. Dogs assume human characteristics and even mules rule. This is a depiction of a precarious, hard scrabble life with a “gothic southern” intensity. The author’s friendship with his black neighbour and the sharecropper’s son stands to breakup up my Northerner stereotyping of racist redneck farmers. Crews was lucky to survive his childhood, that’s clear.
joannajuki | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Dec 2, 2023 |
My first venture into the strange world of Harry Crews. Never read anything like it. It was like getting snake bit, and surviving. I read this around 20 years ago, yet I still carry some of its images around with me. Thanks to my buddy, Woods, for giving me this book, and introducing me to one of my favorite authors.
MickeyMole | Hi ha 17 ressenyes més | Oct 2, 2023 |
Harry Crews always does a number on me, and especially so with this autobiographical account of his childhood. I grew up in the South when it still resembled the South of Crews' time. The folks and places he describes with his unique, vivid style are my people and my home. Somehow Southerners seem to love harder and deeper, and Crews captures this so well in this book, it often made me read sections over again, moving me to tears, sometimes from happiness, sometimes from pain. This is a magnificent piece of art.… (més)
MickeyMole | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Oct 2, 2023 |



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