Lewis Grizzard

Lewis Grizzard Jr. was an American writer and humorist known for his commentary on the American South. Although he spent his early career as a newspaper sportswriter and editor, becoming the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal at age 23, he was much better known for his humorous newspaper columns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a popular stand-up comedian and lecturer. Grizzard published a total of 25 books, including collections of his columns (e.g., Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night), expanded versions of his stand-up comedy routines (I Haven't Understood Anything Since 1962), and the autobiographical If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground. Although much of his comedy discussed the South and Grizzard’s personal and professional lives, it was also a commentary on issues prevalent throughout America, including relationships between men and women (e.g., If Love Were Oil, I'd Be About a Quart Low), politics, and health. Grizzard passed away in 1994.

Books from Blair

Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night (NewSouth Books)

They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat (NewSouth Books)

Elvis is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself (NewSouth Books)

If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground (NewSouth Books)

My Daddy Was a Pistol and I’m a Son of a Gun (NewSouth Books)


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