Harry Crews is the author of several books, including Blood and Grits, Feast of Snakes, The Gospel Singer, and A Childhood: The Biography of a Place. 
Jan 01 1983
An Interview with Harry Crews
I wanted very much to write the book [A Childhood], but wasn’t sure I could. It is first of all about people, many of whome are still alive, or their children are, and since I wanted to be true to that time and that place and that experience I put them in the book as they were. You and I know that most people don’t want to be set down as they are. They want to look better than they are. It’s a perfectly human thing, but you can’t do that when you’re writing.