Literary Wild Man Harry Crew’s Life Chronicled In New Book

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.

A new biography of Harry Crews is out now. Author Ted Geltner first met the aging writer while working as a journalist in Gainesville, Florida and spent the next 12 years interviewing and getting to know Crews first-hand. The result is the book “Blood, Bone and Marrow,” which puts Crews’ larger-than-life story on the page.

Ted Geltner along with author Michael Connelly and moderator Jessica Handler will be appearing, appropriately enough, at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub on Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m.