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Title:
Stephen Crane : a study of the short fiction
Author:
Wolford, Chester L., 1944-2009.
Publication Information:
Boston : Twayne Publishers, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
xv, 154 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Genre:
ISBN:
9780805783155
Format :
Book

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Critics and admirers of Stephen Crane would love to find more stories to justify what has been the author's prominence on the basis of so few but nevertheless acknowledged masterpieces. Wolford (Pennsylvania State University) in this useful study proves that the same opinionated, narrative voice operative in "The Blue Hotel," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," and "The Open Boat" can also be discovered in works more obscure. Wolford's strongest accomplishment is to show the development in Crane from "Howellsian realism" to the literary impressionism for which he has been considered an important influence on later writers. Wolford's contention that Crane was not a literary naturalist is less significant. The first of three sections of this text carefully reads selections from the early Sullivan County Sketches to the partially posthumous Whilomville Stories. Discussions are arranged according to setting: tales of the woods, the sea, the city, the American west, and the wars. The second section presents an 1896 interview in order to frame a literary statement by Crane. Section three includes doctrinaire but nevertheless accessible statements by noted authors and students of Crane, James Dickey among them. A useful acquisition for academic, secondary school, and public libraries. -A. Hirsh, Central Connecticut State University