A childhood, the biography of a place
A Childhood is the unforgettable memoir of Harry Crews' earliest years, a sharply remembered portrait of the people, locales, and circumstances that shaped him--and destined him to be a storyteller. Crews was born in the middle of the Great Depression, in a one-room sharecropper's cabin at the end of a dirt road in rural South Georgia. If Bacon County was a place of grinding poverty, poor soil, and blood feuds, it was also a deeply mystical place, where snakes talked, birds could possess a small boy by spitting in his mouth, and faith healers and conjure women kept ghosts and devils at bay.
At once shocking and elegiac, heartrending and comical, A Childhood not only recalls the transforming events of Crews's youth but conveys his growing sense of self in a world "in which survival depended on raw courage, a courage born out of desperation and sustained by a lack of alternatives."
Amid portraits of relatives and neighbors, Bacon County lore, and details of farm life, Crews tells of his father's death; his friendship with Willalee Bookatee, the son of a black hired hand; his bout with polio; his mother and stepfather's failing marriage; his near-fatal scalding at a hog-killing; and a five-month sojourn in Jacksonville, Florida. These and other memories define, with reverence and affection, Harry Crews's childhood world: "its people and its customs and all its loveliness and all its ugliness." Imaginative and gripping, A Childhood re-creates in detail one writer's search for past and self, a search for a time and place lost forever except in memory.
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|Grouping Title||childhood the biography of a place|
|Grouping Author||crews harry|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-04-07 05:00:29AM|
|Last Indexed||2018-09-22 06:36:20AM|
|author||Crews, Harry, 1935-2012|
|detailed_location_aacpl||Linthicum Library - Nonfiction|
|item_details||ils:a132532|31997035889807|Linthicum Library - Nonfiction|921 CREWS|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Apr 05, 2018|LIN|||
|owning_library_aacpl||Anne Arundel County Public Library|
|record_details||ils:a132532|Book|Books||English|University of Georgia Press,|1995.|182 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|subject_facet||Bacon County (Ga.) -- Biography, Crews, Harry, -- 1935-2012 -- Childhood and youth, Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography|
|title_display||A childhood, the biography of a place|
|title_full||A childhood, the biography of a place / Harry Crews ; drawings by Michael McCurdy|
|title_short||A childhood, the biography of a place|
|topic_facet||Childhood and youth, Crews, Harry, Novelists, American|