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Harry Crews

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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Courtesy of University of Georgia Press

Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Courtesy of University of Georgia Press

Harry Crews' life sounds like one of the wild novels he's known for.

Raised on a dirt-poor tenant farm in South Georgia, he rose through the ranks of university elites and New York publishing houses to become an unlikely and singular voice in literature in the 1960s and 70s. His novels "The Gospel Singer," "Car," "The Hawk Is Dying" and many others have become cult classics, awash in whiskey and grit.