Title: Critic, Essayist
Location: Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
Hal Crowther, Critic and Essayist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in journalism.
Hailing from a family of academics, Mr. Crowther recalls his youth was shaped by his time spent in the library, leading him to attain a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Williams College in 1966. Later on, he also achieved a Master’s in English literature from the University of Edinburgh and a Master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism in 1967. Now a renowned critic and essayist, Mr. Crowther flourished as the film and drama critic for the Buffalo News, media editor and television critic for Newsweek and a press editor and writer for Time Magazine from 1967 to 1972. From 1984 to 1989, he was executive editor for Spectator Magazine in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as a columnist for Oxford American for 15 years. Likewise, Mr. Crowther has written for both film and television and pens columns for The Independent Weekly and The Progressive Populist. Notably, he was one of the principal fiction reviewers for the Atlantic Journal-Constitution.
Mr. Crowther’s wide-ranging essays on politics and media have earned him vast critical acclaim in his field, including the Independent Publisher Book Award for Essay/Creative Non-Fiction. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Independent Press Gold Medal for “Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers: A Gallery of Memorable Southerners.” Attributing his success to his skill, attitude and passion, Mr. Crowther believes his cynicism and skepticism have led him to reach new depths of his skills. Other works to his credit include, “An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H. L. Mencken” from 2014, “Gather at the River: Notes From the Post Millennial South” from 2005, “Cathedrals of Kudzu: A Personal Landscape of the South” from 2002 and “Unarmed but Dangerous: A Withering Attack on All Things Phony, Foolish, and Fundamentally Wrong With America Today” from 1995. He is currently working on a book about innocence.
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