Harry Crews

Harry Crews

Harry Crews

Harry Eugene Crews (June 7, 1935 – March 28, 2012) was an American novelist, playwright, short story writer and essayist.

Crews was born in 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, Crews finally graduated and moved to Jacksonville where he taught Junior High English for a year.

Crews returned to Gainesville and the university to work on his master’s in English Education. Crews 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. Crews returned to University of Florida in 1968 not as a student, but as a member of the faculty in Creative Writing.

Crews’ first published novel, The Gospel Singer, appeared in 1968. His novels include: A Feast of Snakes, The Hawk Is DyingBody, Scar Lover,The Knockout Artist, Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit, All We Need of Hell, The Mulching of America, Car, and Celebration. Crews published a memoir in 1978 titled A Childhood: The Biography of a Place. Crews wrote essays for Esquire, Playboy, and Fame.

Crews died in Gainesville on March 28, 2012.