This month the Hargrett Library is showing The Faith of Harry Crews: “Put Your A** On The Chair,” an exhibition of the literary manuscripts and correspondence of novelist Harry Crews. The Harry Crews Papers were acquired by the library in August 2006. They comprise the Bacon County, Georgia-born writer’s career files dating back to 1962 and included typescripts of his novels, essays, journalism, and correspondence from writers such as Joseph Heller and Jim Harrison, and from friends such as Sean Penn and Madonna. Harry Crews has also presented the Hargrett Library with gift copies of many of his works in English, French, Dutch and Italian.
Harry Crews, a Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Honoree, is known for his bizarre, often tormented characters, his dark humor, and stark depictions of life in the poor rural South. He has published eighteen novels and a critically acclaimed memoir, A Childhood: The Biography of a Place.