Harry Crews’ father worked on the building of the Tamiami Trail across the Everglades, losing one of his testicles to a disease he contracted out in the swamp. There is no other writer like Crews. His writing is fierce and unsparing. I first read Crews when I got the assignment to review his Scar Lover for The Miami Herald. I remember the shock of discovering his prose. He is without a doubt a mad genius of Southern Gothic. If you want to check him out, here’s a brief biography. If you want to read his work, try starting with The Gospel Singer, his first novel. He will surprise you.
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