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Author Harry Crews dies in Florida at 76; known for his gritty tales of the rural South
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) ' Harry Crews, an author best known for his gritty tales of the rural South, died Wednesday in Gainesville, Fla. He was 76.
His ex-wife, Sally Ellis Crews, said he had suffered from neuropathy.
Crews, author of 17 novels and numerous short stories, taught graduate and undergraduate fiction writing workshops at the University of Florida from 1968 until his retirement in 1997.
He cut a colorful figure, shaving his head or wearing a Mohawk.
Crews once wrote, "A writer's job is to get naked, to hide nothing, to look away from nothing ... To not blink, to not be embarrassed by it or ashamed of it. Strip it down and let's get to where the blood is, where the bone is."
He was a Georgia native but a longtime Florida resident.