Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers: A Gallery of Memorable Southerners

Hal Crowther (Author) Silas House (Foreword by)
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"I don't have any children, so I've decided to claim all the future freedom-fighters and hell-raisers as my kin," wrote journalist Molly Ivins. Ivins is one of the biggest hell-raisers profiled in this collection of essays by Hal Crowther, but there is plenty hell-raising and freedom-fighting to go around. Crowther is a writer whose own career is marked by sharp political and social commentary in the pages of national and regional outlets, from Time to the Atlanta Constitution to The Oxford American. In this collection, he turns his attention to best and the brightest of the recently departed generation in the South. These essays commemorate the passing of iconic Southern figures such as John Hope Franklin, Doc Watson, Judy Bonds, and James Dickey. Crowther has known most of the folks he profiles and has lived in their particular landscape for decades; he has some stories to tell, and he does so with a particular appreciation for his subjects' accomplishments, their surroundings, and even, in the case of politicos Jesse Helms and George Wallace, their particular brand of notoriousness. Novelist and commentator Silas House, author of Southernmost and A Parchment of Leaves, introduces the collection.

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Blair
Publish Date
October 16, 2018
Pages
200
Dimensions
5.2 X 0.6 X 7.2 inches | 0.45 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780932112781

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About the Author

Hal Crowther is an award-winning critic and essayist, a journalist whose work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Granta, and Narrative magazines, among many others, and in the Oxford American, where his column "Dealer's Choice" was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. His columns and reviews have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Spectator, and many independent weeklies and journals. A recipient of the Baltimore Sun's Mencken Award for Writing, he is the author of four essay collections and An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H.L. Mencken. For his third collection of essays, Gather at the River, he was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle prize for criticism. He lives in Hillsborough, NC, with his wife, novelist Lee Smith.

Reviews

"Crowther's astute and affecting portraits make me think there might be something in The South worth preserving, after all. What he's so very, very masterful at―and no easy trick―is describing goodness itself, and making it plausible." ―Richard Ford

"Hal Crowther hunts with live ammunition." ―Bill Moyers

"Crowther's inimitable voice either soothes like bourbon or burns like whisky throughout this clear-eyed collection."--Publishers Weekly

"It is a rare man who possesses both a passionate conscience and a brilliant wit. Crowther's conscience compels him to distinguish right from wrong, to honor the right, and to decry the wrong." ―Annie Dillard, forward to Unarmed but Dangerous

"Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers is aptly named, as it is a kaleidoscope of Southern trailblazers, ranging from poets and musicians to politicians and nuns. Hal Crowther creates his subjects with honesty and love, which is the only way to honor those who have had the courage to cut the path we now walk along." ―Michael Farris Smith, author of The Fighter and Desperation Road