Harry Crews : A Place, And A Feast Of Snakes Essay

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Whenever southern literature authors are brought up, Harry Crews is almost surely mentioned every single time. The many memoirs, short stories, and novels he wrote over a number of years, like A Childhood: The Biography of a Place, and A Feast of Snakes, are often seen as a reflection of his tough childhood, filled with violence, self-damage, and alcohol. Although his “legendary” alcohol consumption almost brought him to his end years before his actual death, these seemingly negative aspects about Crews, in fact, helped him with his professional career as a writer and facilitated a writing style that many people had never encountered before (McKittrick). This “new” style of writing gave Crews a great amount of success and ended up solidifying his spot as an incredibly influential southern writer (McLeod). Harry Crews was the second of two sons and was born on June 7, 1935 in the swamplands of Bacon County, Georgia. To Crews, this was the “worst hookworm-and-rickets part of Georgia” (McKittrick). Born to Myrtice and Ray Crews, Harry often struggled early on in his life. Both of his parents worked as tenant farmers and struggled to bring in money to live comfortably (Sauve). Very early on in Crews’s childhood (around 21 months old), his father had a sudden heart attack and ended up passing away in the middle of the night (McLeod). After this random occurrence, Harry’s mother decided to marry Ray’s other brother, Pascal. Violence was first introduced here due to Pascal’s…

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