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In 1968, spurred by the publication of his first novel, The Gospel Singer, Crews left Broward Community College to become Assistant Professor of English at the University of Florida.By 1974, Crews had written seven novels."Going Down in Valdeez," selected by Playboy as its best nonfiction piece of 1975, also marked Crews's transition into journalism.


His novels include: The Gospel Singer (1968), Naked in Garden Hills (1969), This Thing Don't Lead to Heaven (1970), Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit (1971), Car (1972), The Hawk Is Dying (1973), The Gypsy's Curse (1974), A Feast of Snakes (1976), All We Need of Hell (1987), The Knockout Artist (1988), Body (1990), Scar Lover (1992), The Mulching of America (1995), Celebration (1998), An American Family: The Baby with the Curious Markings (2006). Short Stories: The Enthusiast (1981), Two (1984). Play: Blood Issue (1989). Autobiography: A Childhood: The Biography of a Place (1978).


  • A prolific author of international standing, Harry Crews penned seventeen novels, two award-winning collections, short stories, essays and film screenplays. A brilliant novelist in the Southern Regional tradition and a longtime professor of creative writing, Harry Crews is well known as a gifted instructor and mentor for younger writers. Published abroad in the United Kingdom since 1972, Crews' novels have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Basque, Hebrew, and German. In 2002, the University of Georgia Libraries honored Harry Crews for his literary output, inducting him into the library’s Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. His papers are housed at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia in Athens.




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