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Description:New York. 1988. Harper & Row. 1st American Edition. Very Good In...New York. 1988. Harper & Row. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 269 pages. April 1988. hardcover. Jacket design by George Corsillo. Jacket photograph by Georgina Bedrosian. 006015893x. keywords: Literature America. inventory # 9675. FROM THE PUBLISHER-When Eugene Talmadge Biggs leaves rural Georgia to seek his fortune in the wider world, he finds that world at his feet almost too quickly. Eugene, it soon becomes clear, is a boxer of uncommon promise, an athlete of such natural grace, agility, and power that his rise to a championship seems almost unquestioned-until he discovers during a routine match that he has a glass jaw. That jaw is in fact so freakishly vulnerable that Eugene realizes he can punch himself unconscious, a skill that he begins to exploit publicly and that quickly brings him notoriety as The Knockout Artist. Harry Crews's extraordinary new novel is the story of his hero's career in the New Orleans underworld, whose regulars have long since checked their morals at the door, and where success is measured by how many people are under one's control. Set loose in this arena, Eugene becomes a sensation, the perfect victim who decrees his own punishment over and over again. As his fame spreads, he is taken up by a mysterious trainer named Jake, a minion of a perverse tycoon named Oyster Boy; he is taken in as a lover by Charity, an earnest psychology graduate student for whom Eugene is the perfect subject; he finds himself drawn more tightly into the city's poisonous orbit of tawdry sex clubs, fantastic deals, and private parties where every whim is indulged. The day comes, however, when Eugene must confront his self-respect, which arrives in the person of an immensely talented young Cajun fighter-an innocent in whom he recognizes something of what he had once been. When The Knockout-Artist becomes a role he can no longer play, he sets out to claim his freedom, and wins it in an unforgettable climax. THE KNOCKOUT ARTIST is virtuoso Crews-as mordantly funny as it is unflinching in the face of every foible of bedraggled humanity. And, remarkably, it is a story about love as only one of our great writers can present it: often misguided, sometimes destructive, but ultimately the only path toward values that are clear and true. Harry Eugene Crews (7 June 1935 – 28 March 2012) was an American novelist, playwright, short story writer and essayist. He was born in Bacon County, Georgia in 1935 and served in the Marines during the Korean War. He attended the University of Florida on the GI Bill, but dropped out to travel. Eventually returning to the university, Harry finally graduated and moved his wife, Sally, and son, Patrick Scott, to Jacksonville where he taught Junior High English for a year. Crews returned to Gainesville and the university to work on his master's in English Education. It was during this period that he and Sally divorced for the first time. Harry continued his studies, graduated, and – denied entrance into UF's Creative Writing program – took a teaching position at Broward Community College in the subject of English. It was here in south Florida that Harry convinced Sally to return to him, and they were re-married. A second son, Byron, was born to them in 1963. He returned to University of Florida in 1968 not as a student, but as a member of the faculty in Creative Writing. Crews formerly taught in the creative writing program at the University of Florida. In 1964, Patrick Scott drowned in a neighbor's pool. This proved to be too heavy a burden on the family, and Harry and Sally were once again divorced. His first published novel, The Gospel Singer, appeared in 1968. His novels include: A Feast of Snakes, The Hawk is Dying, Body, Scar Lover, The Knockout Artist, Karate Is A Thing of the Spirit, All We Need of Hell, The Mulching of America, Car, and Celebration. He published a memoir in 1978 titled A Childhood: The Biography of a Place. Crews wrote essays for...
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