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Stephen Crane's literary family : a garland of writings
Crane, J. T. (Jonathan Townley), 1819-1880.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
xix, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Selection of works by Stephen Crane's father, Jonathan Townley Crane, his mother, Helen Crane, and his sister, Agnes Crane.
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PS535 .S74 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Little-known writings show how a rich family literory heritage influenced Stephen Crane's formative years, brief maturity, and artistry. Stephen Crane was a prodigious American author whose bohemian ways seemed to contradict his conscientious upbringing. Drawing on little-known and unpublished documents by Crane's father, mother, and sister, and preeminent scholar Thomas A. Gullason shows how their vitality and versatility galvanized Crane's imagination, spurred his literary career, and affected his lifestyle. The Cranes emerge as a spirited and serious lot who were passionately concerned with social and cultural issues of the day. Newly discovered papers - from reflections on the Civil War to a funeral oration for Lincoln - paint Crane's pastor father as a man of sardonic wit whose obsession with alcohol would be mirrored in his son's work. Crane's mother is revealed to have had an eye for politics and an ear for dialogue that would vastly inform Crane's masterpiece, The Red Badge of Courage. His sister Agnes rounds out the portrait with recently recovered stories and poems. Replete with rare works and keen insights, this edition is a crucial reference for students of nineteenth-c

Author Notes

Thomas A. Gullason is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Rhode Island

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Gullason (emer., Univ. of Rhode Island) collects stories, essays, poems, speeches, sermons, and miscellaneous writings by Stephen Crane's father, mother, and sister--materials nearly lost to the reading public. In the brief analytical and biographical essays that accompany the material he recovers, Gullason affirms his belief that early family influences inspired young Crane to become a writer. The editor finds shared themes, techniques, attitudes, and language in the imaginative literary genius of Stephen Crane and the works of family members who wrote out of religious, political, or reformist impulses. Unfortunately, in his enthusiasm for his discoveries Gullason makes more of these pieces than they actually warrant; if connections do exist between them, another book will need to demonstrate them using some of the materials presented here. An antiquarian perspective suffuses these quaint and frequently tedious writings with inappropriately grand and sweeping conclusions. Considering the materials at hand, Gullason's faith in the power of the Crane family heritage to transmit originality to the son and brother seems unfounded. Still, the editor performs a useful service for literary historians at the graduate level and above. P. J. Ferlazzo Northern Arizona University

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Stephen Crane and His Family: A Modern Portraitp. 1
Part 1 Jonathan Townley Crane
Father and Son: A Dual Readingp. 23
Youthful Contributions to The Nassau Monthly
The Fiction of Our Popular Magazinesp. 29
English Strictures on American Slaveryp. 33
A Speculation Concerning Popular Happinessp. 37
The Aborigines of Great Britainp. 41
The Battle of Waterloo: A Ballad (poem)p. 46
From the Reverend Crane's Career
The Lawyer and His Family: A Temperance Story for Youth (fiction) (selections)p. 56
A Talk about Talk, or The Art of Talkingp. 70
The Mystified Quaker: Revision of Frank Olive's "Words and Their Uses"p. 87
Party Politicsp. 88
A Day in Camp Convalescentp. 105
Sermon: A Funeral Service Held in Memory of President Lincolnp. 111
Obediencep. 120
Singing in the Sunday Schoolp. 121
What Shall We Teach?p. 123
Keep the Children Rightp. 124
The Crying Babyp. 126
Justice to Childrenp. 128
The Use of the Fistsp. 130
"Thou"p. 131
Christ and the Paintersp. 133
Silent Powerp. 135
The Jolly Frog (poem)p. 137
Part 2 Mary Helen Peck Crane
Mother and Son: A Dual Readingp. 141
From Mrs. Crane's Career
How to Conduct a Weekly Meeting of the Woman's Christian Temperance Unionp. 145
Report of "Press Work"p. 150
Press Work (1887)p. 151
Press Work (1890)p. 154
Press Work (1891)p. 156
A Trite Applicationp. 157
To the Women of New Jerseyp. 158
Jerusha Ann Stubbs to Cousin Abigail Janep. 160
Jerusha Ann's Third Letterp. 165
Hezekia Quidam to Jerusha Annp. 168
Thanksgiving or Christmas. Which?p. 169
How Jonathan Saved the Ash Barrelp. 176
Part 3 Agnes Elizabeth Crane
Sister and Brother: A Dual Readingp. 181
From Agnes Crane's Career
Land Aheadp. 186
Love of the Beautifulp. 186
A Helpless Personp. 188
Our Wealthp. 189
Valedictoryp. 191
An Untitled Quatrain (poem)p. 194
Content (poem)p. 195
An Emendation of Mary Gardiner Brainard's "Not Knowing" (poem)p. 196
A Victorious Defeat (short story)p. 197
How It Happened (short story)p. 206
The Result of an Experiment (short story)p. 213
Laurel Camp, and What Came of It (short story)p. 221
A Working List on Teaching and Learningp. 229
A. Jonathan Townley Crane's Collegiate Achievementsp. 233
B. Novels and Novel-Reading: Jonathan Townley Cranep. 237
C. Mystery and Discovery: Jonathan Townley Cranep. 242
D. Words and Their Uses: Frank Olivep. 246
E. Not Knowing: Mary Gardiner Brainardp. 248
Indexp. 251