Harry Crews, outlaw writer of Southern Gothic, enters US writer’s Valhalla

Harry Crews

From the New York Times

Harry Crews, whose novels out-Gothic Southern Gothic by conjuring a world of hard-drinking, punch-throwing, snake-oil-selling characters whose physical, mental, social and sexual deviations render them somehow entirely normal and eminently sympathetic, died on Wednesday at his home in Gainesville, Fla. He was 76.

The cause was complications of neuropathy, his former wife, Sally Crews, said. Before retiring in the 1990s, Mr. Crews taught writing for many years at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

A Georgia-born Rabelais, Mr. Crews was renowned for darkly comic, bitingly satirical, grotesquely populated and almost preternaturally violent novels.

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Cortright McMeel was the founder and co-publisher of the award-winning literary magazine Murdaland: Crime Fiction for the 21st Century. His first novel, Short, was published by St. Martin’s Press in December 2010. His short fiction has appeared in The Mississippi Review, The Gettysburg Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and Plots With Guns. A graduate of the Columbia Writing Program, he was awarded runner up for the Playboy College Fiction Contest.

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