A collection of Crews' writings, some autobiographical, some fiction, all of them about "people doing the best they can with what they've got to do with."
Author: Harry Crews
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Includes two of Crews' full-length novels, The Gypsy's Curse and Car, his autobiography, and three of his essays.
Harry Crews's Hurricane Creek 98 “a boy who was raised ...” Harry Crews, A Childhood: The Biography of a Place, in Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader (Simon & Schuster, 1993), 10. 100 “I have never been able ...” Ibid., 14.
Author: Margaret Eby
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Literary Criticism
"Fascinating…Eby lyrically uncovers a bit of the magic that makes a Southern writer Southern." —Josh Steele, Entertainment Weekly What is it about the South that has inspired so much of America’s greatest literature? And why do we think of the authors it influenced not just as writers, but as Southern writers? In South Toward Home, Margaret Eby goes in search of answers to these questions, visiting the stomping grounds of ten Southern authors, including William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Truman Capote, Harper Lee, and Flannery O’Connor. Combining biographical detail with expert criticism, Eby delivers a rich and evocative tribute to the literary South.
[Blood and Grits, Classic Crews] "The Trucker Militant." Esquire (August 1977): 82 + . [Blood and Grits] "Tip on a Live Jockey." Sport (January 1978): 38 + . [Blood and Grits, Florida Frenzy] "A Childhood in Georgia.
Author: Erik Bledsoe
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Category: Literary Criticism
Critics have called Harry Crews a "mad genius" and "Flannery O'Connor on steroids." His novels chronicle the southern world on the edge of insanity. His characters set out to eat an entire car on national television, attend rattlesnake round-ups, and become obsessed with training hawks when their suburban lives collapse. Crews has created a bizarre literary landscape, and this book is a critical collection devoted to helping readers traverse it. Much of the previous critical work on Crews has focused on a rather narrow range of topics, primarily the grotesque elements. Here is an exploration of new avenues as well as revisits in Crew's unique literary terrains. Essays examine his redneck masculinity, the political implications in his writing, and his curious absence from the cutting edge of the present-day critical theory despite the richness of his novels in subjects generally of interests to these critical theorists. Other essays examine his literary naturalism, the impact on his work of the particular area of southern Georgia from which he hails, and the nature of his relationship with the British novelist Graham Greene, whom Crews long has claimed as one of the writers who influenced him most. Born to sharecropper parents, Harry Crews lived in and writes about a South extremely different from the South of Scarlet O'Hara, William Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor. Crew's world of the poor white is the place that before Crews wrote about it lacked its own published storytellers. In recent years, however, southern literature has experienced a "white trash renaissance" as writers from poor-white origins have been embraced in the southern cannon. Included here are essays by noted novelists Larry Brown and Tim McLaurin, who acknowledge Crews as a literary ancestor toiling the same fields and as a mentor offering help and encouragement. Rounding out this collection are an interview with Crews, a critical bibliography, and two chapters from Assault of Memory, Crews' work-in-progress and the sequel to A Childhood: The Biography of a Place, his widely acclaimed memoir.
*Crews, Harry. Car: A Novel. In Crew, Classic Crews, 329–436. * . “The Car.” In Crews, Classic Crews, 323–328. * . Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader. New York: Touchstone, 1995. . “Introduction.” In Crews, Classic Crews, 9–16.
Author: Gijs Mom
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Why has “car society” proven so durable, even in the face of mounting environmental and economic crises? In this follow-up to his magisterial Atlantic Automobilism, Gijs Mom traces the global spread of the automobile in the postwar era and investigates why adopting more sustainable forms of mobility has proven so difficult. Drawing on archival research as well as wide-ranging forays into popular culture, Mom reveals here the roots of the exuberance, excess, and danger that define modern automotive culture.
“First a crew went forward through sawgrass”: Douglas, Marjory Stoneman, The Everglades: River of Grass (Sarasota, ... “They were not violent men, but their lives were full of violence”: Crews, Harry, Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader ...
Author: Willie Drye
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal for Best Regional Nonfiction in the Southwest The story of how Florida became entwined with Americans’ 20th-century hopes, dreams, and expectations is also a tale of mass delusion, real estate collapses, and catastrophic hurricanes. The Fantasy of Florida hones in on the experiences of William Jennings Bryan and Edwin Menninger, the two men who shaped the image of Florida that we know today and who sold that image as America’s paradise. The cast of characters also includes the Marx Brothers, Thomas Edison, Al Capone, and Mark Twain. A tale of a colorful and tragicomic era during which the allure and illusion of the American Dream was on full display—a Jazz Age period when Americans started chasing what F. Scott Fitzgerald called “the orgiastic future”—the book reveals how the recent economic collapse in Florida is eerily similar to events that happened there between 1925 and 1928. What sets the mid-1920s’ Florida land boom apart from more recent booms-and-busts, however, is that this was the first modern boom, the first time that emerging new technologies, mass communications and modern advertising techniques were used to sell the nation on the notion that prosperity and happiness are simply there for the taking. Florida’s image as a place where the rules of everyday life don’t apply and winners go to play was formed during this dawn of the age of consumerism when Americans wanted to have fun and make lots of money, and millions of them thought Florida was the perfect place to do that.
(Classic Crews 201, 202) The muscle-bound weightlifters of The Gypsy's Curse and Body sink into the solipsism that Tate believed inevitable, spending their days pumping iron, starving themselves, and competing in exploitative ...
Author: Paul D. Reich
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
This volume contains a variety of essays about Florida literature and history by scholars from across the state representing every kind of institution of higher learning, from community colleges to small liberal arts institutions to large universities. The first section, Pedagogy, explores the challenges facing Florida teachers at both the high school and undergraduate levels. The essays in Old Florida take on a myriad of texts that provide evaluations of Florida and its culture from the 1540s through the 1950s and include evaluations of Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Pat Frank. The final section, Contemporary Florida, continues to identify the state’s place within larger literary, cultural, and political traditions.
The anthology Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader collected two out-of-print novels, Car and The Gypsy's Curse, as well as A Childhood and a selection of essays. Where Does One Go When There's No Place Left to Go? is a companion novel ...
Author: Joseph M. Flora
Publisher: LSU Press
This new edition of Southern Writers assumes its distinguished predecessor's place as the essential reference on literary artists of the American South. Broadly expanded and thoroughly revised, it boasts 604 entries-nearly double the earlier edition's-written by 264 scholars. For every figure major and minor, from the venerable and canonical to the fresh and innovative, a biographical sketch and chronological list of published works provide comprehensive, concise, up-to-date information. Here in one convenient source are the South's novelists and short story writers, poets and dramatists, memoirists and essayists, journalists, scholars, and biographers from the colonial period to the twenty-first century. What constitutes a "southern writer" is always a matter for debate. Editors Joseph M. Flora and Amber Vogel have used a generous definition that turns on having a significant connection to the region, in either a personal or literary sense. New to this volume are younger writers who have emerged in the quarter century since the dictionary's original publication, as well as older talents previously unknown or unacknowledged. For almost every writer found in the previous edition, a new biography has been commissioned. Drawn from the very best minds on southern literature and covering the full spectrum of its practitioners, Southern Writers is an indispensable reference book for anyone intrigued by the subject.
Ciardi, John, 128, 129, 131 Cimino, Michael, 230–31, 334 Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader, 317 Clown (Crews), 230 Cochran, Bert, 102, 104, 126, 135–37 Cocks, Jay, 196 Coles, Roger, 55, 56, 65 Confessions of Nat Turner, The (Styron), ...
Author: Ted Geltner
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The first full-length biography of one of the most unlikely figures in twentieth-century American literature, a writer who emerged from a dirt-poor South Georgia tenant farm and went on to create a singularly unique voice of fiction.
Once the major kick-off event of the collegiate rowi ng season, the San Diego Crew Classic has been in decline in terms of ... as the 35th Annual San Diego Crew Classic boasts entries from seven of the top 10 crews from the 2007 IRA.
In the last few years , significant critical attention has finally been given to Harry Crews , who has been publishing regularly since his first ... in Classic Crews : A Harry Crews Reader ( New York : Touchstone , 1993 ) , 26 , 43.
Author: Martyn Bone
Publisher: LSU Press
Category: Literary Criticism
For generations, southern novelists and critics have grappled with a concept that is widely seen as a trademark of their literature: a strong attachment to geography, or a "sense of place." In the 1930s, the Agrarians accorded special meaning to rural life, particularly the farm, in their definitions of southern identity. For them, the South seemed an organic and rooted region in contrast to the North, where real estate development and urban sprawl evoked a faceless, raw capitalism. By the end of the twentieth century, however, economic and social forces had converged to create a modernized South. How have writers responded to this phenomenon? Is there still a sense of place in the South, or perhaps a distinctly postsouthern sense of place? Martyn Bone innovatively draws upon postmodern thinking to consider the various perspectives that southern writers have brought to the concept of "place" and to look at its fate in a national and global context. He begins with a revisionist assessment of the Agrarians, who failed in their attempts to turn their proprietary ideal of the small farm into actual policy but whose broader rural aesthetic lived on in the work of neo-Agrarian writers, including William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. By the 1950s, adherence to this aesthetic was causing southern writers and critics to lose sight of the social reality of a changing South. Bone turns to more recent works that do respond to the impact of capitalist spatial development on the South -- and on the nation generally -- including that self-declared "international city" Atlanta. Close readings of novels by Robert Penn Warren, Walker Percy, Richard Ford, Anne Rivers Siddons, Tom Wolfe, and Toni Cade Bambara illuminate evolving ideas about capital, land, labor, and class while introducing southern literary studies into wider debates around social, cultural, and literary geography. Bone concludes his remarkably rich book by considering works of Harry Crews and Barbara Kingsolver that suggest the southern sense of place may be not only post-Agrarian or postsouthern but also transnational.
Crews. (1935– ) The leading practitioner of the neo-Gothic style of hard-boiled fiction known in some circles as "Grit Lit ... The year 1993 witnessed the publication of Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader, containing two early novels, ...
Author: James Watkins
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The memoirist seek to capture not just a self but an entire world, and in this marvelous anthology thirty-one of the South's finest writers—writers like Kaye Gibbons and Reynolds Price, Eudora Welty and Harry Crews, Richard Wright and Dorothy Allison—make their intensely personal contributions to a vibrant collective picture of southern life. In the hands of these superb artists, the South's rich tradition of storytelling is brilliantly revealed. Whether slave or master, intellectual or "redneck," each voice in this moving and unforgettable collection is proof that southern literature richly deserves its reputation for irreverent humor, exquisite language, a feeling for place, and an undying, often heartbreaking sense of the past.
Crew Classic continued from page 1 nitely looking forward to the rest of the season." The men's final held more intrigue than did the women's, but the outcome was the same, another trophy for the Washington shellhouse.
Classic Crews . New York : Poseidon Press , 1993 . The Mulching of America . New York : Simon & Schuster , 1995 . Celebration . New York : Simon & Schuster , 1998 . Greene , Graham . The Power and the Glory .
Author: Catherine Lanone
Publisher: Presses Univ. du Mirail
Plus, it's not too hard to come down here — everyone loves San Diego, everyone loves the Crew Classic. It's a good way to start the year." The top women's masters crews met in San Diego and produced the best side-by-side racing of the ...
Crews , Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit , p.141 . See also , p . 79 . 16. Harry Crews , A Childhood : The Biography of a Place ( New York : Quill , 1978 ) , reprinted in Classic Crews : A Harry Crews Reader ( New York : Poseidon Press ...
Author: Jan Nordby Gretlund
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Remarkably removed from the devotional, certifying, and celebratory view of the South that has dominated books of this genre, The Southern State of Mind addresses the question of whether inherited Southern values, problems, and contradictions have survived the onslaught of modernization."--BOOK JACKET.
Crews, Harry. Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader. New York: Poseidon Press, 1993. Cutter, Robert, and Bob Fendell. Encyclopedia of Auto Racing Greats. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1973. Dabney, Joseph Earl. Mountain Spirits.
Author: Neal Thompson
Category: Sports & Recreation
“Moonshiners put more time, energy, thought, and love into their cars than any racer ever will. Lose on the track and you go home. Lose with a load of whiskey and you go to jail.” —Junior Johnson, NASCAR legend and one-time whiskey runner Today’s NASCAR is a family sport with 75 million loyal fans, which is growing bigger and more mainstream by the day. Part Disney, part Vegas, part Barnum & Bailey, NASCAR is also a multibillion-dollar business and a cultural phenomenon that transcends geography, class, and gender. But dark secrets lurk in NASCAR’s past. Driving with the Devil uncovers for the first time the true story behind NASCAR’s distant, moonshine-fueled origins and paints a rich portrait of the colorful men who created it. Long before the sport of stock-car racing even existed, young men in the rural, Depression-wracked South had figured out that cars and speed were tickets to a better life. With few options beyond the farm or factory, the best chance of escape was running moonshine. Bootlegging offered speed, adventure, and wads of cash—if the drivers survived. Driving with the Devil is the story of bootleggers whose empires grew during Prohibition and continued to thrive well after Repeal, and of drivers who thundered down dusty back roads with moonshine deliveries, deftly outrunning federal agents. The car of choice was the Ford V-8, the hottest car of the 1930s, and ace mechanics tinkered with them until they could fly across mountain roads at 100 miles an hour. After fighting in World War II, moonshiners transferred their skills to the rough, red-dirt racetracks of Dixie, and a national sport was born. In this dynamic era (1930s and ’40s), three men with a passion for Ford V-8s—convicted criminal Ray Parks, foul-mouthed mechanic Red Vogt, and crippled war veteran Red Byron, NASCAR’s first champion—emerged as the first stock car “team.” Theirs is the violent, poignant story of how moonshine and fast cars merged to create a new sport for the South to call its own. Driving with the Devil is a fascinating look at the well-hidden historical connection between whiskey running and stock-car racing. NASCAR histories will tell you who led every lap of every race since the first official race in 1948. Driving with the Devil goes deeper to bring you the excitement, passion, crime, and death-defying feats of the wild, early days that NASCAR has carefully hidden from public view. In the tradition of Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit, this tale not only reveals a bygone era of a beloved sport, but also the character of the country at a moment in time.
Perspectives on Harry Crews (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001), pp. 153–4. 45 Harry Crews, AChildhood: TheBiography of a Place, in Classic Crews:A Reader (New York:Touchstone, 1993), p. 37. 46 Harry Crews, AFeast of Snakes ...
Author: John N. Duvall
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Each generation revises literary history and this is nowhere more evident than in the post-Second World War period. This 2011 Companion offers a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible overview of the diversity of American fiction since the Second World War. Essays by nineteen distinguished scholars provide critical insights into the significant genres, historical contexts, cultural diversity and major authors during a period of enormous American global political and cultural power. This power is overshadowed, nevertheless, by national anxieties growing out of events ranging from the Civil Rights Movement to the rise of feminism; from the Cold War and its fear of Communism and nuclear warfare to the Age of Terror and its different yet related fears of the 'Other'. American fiction since 1945 has faithfully chronicled these anxieties. An essential reference guide, this Companion provides a chronology of the period, as well as guides to further reading.
Robert Crews (¡994); Morrow ¡994 (HC); Reference: Robinson Crusoe In Thomas Berger's modern retelling of the Robinson Crusoe classic, Robert Crews, one of a party of men who were heading o› into Canada's North Country for a fishing ...
Author: Linda Parent Lesher
Category: Literary Criticism
Offers advice on selecting novels published from 1990 through 1998 by United States publishers, including a synopsis and critical commentary for each entry.
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS the appeal of the San Diego Crew Classic, other than the fact that you've got sun, the beach, ... For others — others being other crews — the appeal must be great, especially if you have to travel across the country ...
104; Harry Crews, A Childhood: The Biography of a Place (1978), reprinted in Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader (London: Gorse, 1993) p. 31. 2. William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun (New York: Random House, 1951) p. 85.
Author: Richard H. King
Publisher: NYU Press
The contemporary American South is a region of economic expansion, political sophistication, and, particularly, cultural ferment. Its literature is well-known and celebrated. But what of the popular cultural forms of expression that have done so much to reflect the curious tensions between the traditional South—white-dominated, rural, religous—and contemporary multicultural forms and discourses? This collection offers a wealth of exciting new perspectives on cultural studies in general and of the particular forms of popular Southern culture—from rock and roll to Cajun music to the impact on the South of tourism and the questions of genre and race in contemporary film-making.