Croyances et Religions, vol. XVIII,
2001, p. 89-97.
A Childhood, The Gospel Singer, and writing :
Harry Crews's Rituals of Exorcism
Harry Crews's 1978 autobiography, A Childhood, provides a clue for
reading the work of this Southern writer born during the Depression in the
poorest county in Southern Georgia. Crews writes that he was five when he
``awakened" to himself and to the world around him, where ``survival
depended on raw courage...born out of desperation and sustained by a lack
of alternatives." To be able to live with the mystery and terror of his
everyday life, Crews, at five, started to invent stories for the figures
he found in the Sears, Roebuck catalogue, a habit which led to his first
published novel, The Gospel Singer, in 1968.
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