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Title:
The portable Stephen Crane
Author:
Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900.
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Physical Description:
xxvi, 550 pages ; 18 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780140150681
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

"A man is born into the world with his own pair of eyes, and he is not responsible for his vision--he is merely responsible for his quality of personal honesty." In the course of his tragically abbreviated career, Stephen Crane (1871-1900) saw things that his contemporaries preferred to overlook--the low life of New York's Irish slums; the tedium, brutality, and chaos that were the true conditions of the Civil War; the ambiguous contract that binds a terrified man to his killer and the damned to their human judges. He communicated what he saw with the same laconic factuality that characterized his journalism and, in the process, laid the foundations for the unblinking realism of Hemingway and Dos Passos.

The Portable Stephen Crane allows us to appreciate the full scope and power of this writer's vision. It contains three complete novels-- Maggie: A Girl of the Streets , George's Mother , and Crane's masterpiece, The Red Badge of Courage ; nineteen short stories and sketches, including "The Blue Hotel" and "The Open Boat," a barely fictionalized account of his own escape from shipwreck while covering the Cuban revolt against Spain; the previously unpublished essay "Above All Things"; letters and poems, plus a critical essay and notes by the noted Crane scholar Joseph Katz.


Author Notes

Stephen Crane authored novels, short stories, and poetry, but is best known for his realistic war fiction. Crane was a correspondent in the Greek-Turkish War and the Spanish American War, penning numerous articles, war reports and sketches. His most famous work, The Red Badge of Courage (1896), portrays the initial cowardice and later courage of a Union soldier in the Civil War. In addition to six novels, Crane wrote over a hundred short stories including "The Blue Hotel," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," and "The Open Boat." His first book of poetry was The Black Riders (1895), ironic verse in free form. Crane wrote 136 poems.

Crane was born November 1, 1871, in Newark, New Jersey. After briefly attending Lafayette College and Syracuse University, he became a freelance journalist in New York City. He published his first novel, Maggie: Girl of the Streets, at his own expense because publishers found it controversial: told with irony and sympathy, it is a story of the slum girl driven to prostitution and then suicide.

Crane died June 5, 1900, at age 28 from tuberculosis.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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