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"Survival is triumph enough." -- Harry Crews
Harry Crews (born June 7, 1935) is an American novelist, playwright, short story writer and essayist.

He was born in Cordele, Georgia in 1935 and served in the Marines during the Korean War. He attended the University of Florida on the GI Bill, but dropped out to travel. Eventually returning to the university, Harry finally graduated and moved his wife, Sally, and son, Patrick Scott, to Jacksonville where Harry taught Junior High English for a year.

Harry returned to Gainesville and the university to work on his master's in English Education. It was during this period that he and Sally divorced for the first time. Harry continued his studies, graduated, and - denied entrance into UF's Creative Writing program - took a teaching position at Broward Community College in the subject of English. It was here in south Florida that Harry convinced Sally to return to him, and they were re-married. A second son, Byron, was born to them in 1963. He returned to University of Florida in 1968 not as a student, but as a member of the faculty in Creative Writing. He currently teaches at Wright State University.[1]

In 1964, Patrick Scott drowned in a neighbor's pool. This proved to be too heavy a burden on the family, and Harry and Sally were once again divorced.

His first published novel, The Gospel Singer, was released in 1968. His novels include: A Feast of Snakes ,The Hawk is Dying , Body , Scar Lover , Karate Is A Thing of the Spirit , All We Need of Hell , The Mulching of America , Car , and Celebration . He published a memoir in 1978 titled The Biography of a Place.

Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth), Lydia Lunch and Sadie Mae named their band Harry Crews after him. They released one album, Naked in Garden Hills, in 1989.

Canadian pop band Men Without Hats has a song called "Harry Crews" on their 1991 album Sideways.

Colorado band Drag The River has a song called "Mr. Crews" on their 2006 album It's Crazy.

Crews was the subject of the first installment of the "Rough South" documentary series written and directed by Gary Hawkins. The film, entitled The Rough South of Harry Crews won a regional Emmy Award and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Gold Award in 1992.

In the 2004 documentary, Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus, Crews tells his grisly homespun Southern stories while walking down a rural dirt track.

Harry played a brief role in Sean Penn's The Indian Runner and dedicated his book Scar Lover to Penn.

Harry has a tattoo on his right arm that says How do you like your blue eyed boy Mr. Death (from the poem Buffalo Bill's by e.e. cummings) beneath a skull.

In 2007, another documentary, Harry Crews - Survival is Triumph Enough was released by United Pictures International. The personal format is loosely based on an interview with artist and filmmaker Tyler Turkle, and the themes explored include hardship, tragedy and loss throughout the Crews' life.

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Total Books: 61
A Childhood The Biography of a Place
2022 - A Childhood the Biography of a Place (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780143135333
ISBN-10: 0143135333
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Politics & Social Sciences
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Le Roi du KO
2018 - Le Roi Du Ko (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782072748035
ISBN-10: 2072748038
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Le faucon va mourir
2017 - Le Faucon Va Mourir (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782070443512
ISBN-10: 2070443515
Genre: Literature & Fiction

An American Family The Baby with the Curious Markings
2006 - An American Family the Baby with the Curious Markings (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780940941014
ISBN-10: 0940941015
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Lucidi corpi
2005 - Lucidi Corpi (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788882371043
ISBN-10: 8882371042

Getting Naked With Harry Crews Interviews
1999 - Getting Naked with Harry Crews Interviews (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780813017099
ISBN-10: 0813017092
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Money, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

1999 - Celebration (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780684848105
ISBN-10: 0684848104
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Where Does One Go When There's No Place Left to Go
1998 - Where Does One Go When There's No Place Left to Go (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780940941090
ISBN-10: 0940941090

A Feast of Snakes
1998 - A Feast of Snakes (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780684842486
ISBN-10: 0684842483
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

Des mules et des hommes  Une enfance un lieu
1997 - Des Mules Et Des Hommes Une Enfance Un Lieu (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782070746811
ISBN-10: 207074681X

The Mulching of America
1996 - The Mulching of America (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780684825410
ISBN-10: 0684825414
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

1996 - Car (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9782070746330
ISBN-10: 207074633X

Mulching of America
1995 - Mulching of America (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780684809342
ISBN-10: 0684809346
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Gospel Singer
1995 - Gospel Singer (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781899006014
ISBN-10: 189900601X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Le Chanteur de Gospel
1995 - Le Chanteur De Gospel [French] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782070493814
ISBN-10: 2070493814
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Classic Crews
1993 - Classic Crews (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780671865276
ISBN-10: 0671865277
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Scar Lover
1993 - Scar Lover (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671797867
ISBN-10: 0671797867
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

1992 - Body (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671758523
ISBN-10: 0671758527
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

The Knockout Artist
1989 - The Knockout Artist (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780060915742
ISBN-10: 0060915749
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

The Knockout Artist A Novel
1988 - The Knockout Artist a Novel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780060158934
ISBN-10: 006015893X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Blood and Grits
1988 - Blood and Grits (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780060914592
ISBN-10: 0060914599
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 0.5/5 Stars.

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