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Stephen Crane Remembered, Stephen Crane Remembered, 0817315039, 0-8173-1503-9, 978-0-8173-1503-0, 9780817315030,

Stephen Crane Remembered
Edited by Paul Sorrentino

Trade Cloth
2006. 424 pp.
Illus.
978-0-8173-1503-0
Price:  $59.95 s

Revealing episodes in the life of the elusive writer, as told by acquaintances.
 
This book collects reminiscences by contemporaries, friends, and associates of Stephen Crane that illuminate the life of this often misunderstood and misrepresented writer. Although Crane is widely regarded as a major American author, conclusions about his life, work, and thought remain obscure due to the difficulties in separating fact from fiction. His first biographer recorded mostly vague impressions and, to mythologize his subject, invented a multitude of the episodes and letters used in his account of Crane’s life. Subsequent biographies were either cursory summations or compendiums of verifiable facts. Crane himself was both reclusive and mercurial, protective of his inner life while projecting a variety of personae to suit others.

A flamboyant personality and close friend of writers such as William Dean Howells, Henry James, and Joseph Conrad, Crane made telling impressions on his contemporaries. They often constitute the best assessments of Crane’s own personality and work. The 75 reminiscences gathered here offer a much-needed account of Crane’s life from a variety of viewpoints, as well as important information about the contributors themselves.


Paul Sorrentino is Professor of English at Virginia Tech and coeditor of The Correspondence of Stephen Crane and coauthor of The Crane Log: A Documentary Life of Stephen Crane, 1871–1900.
 
 

“I was especially struck by the ‘pictures’ of Crane in New York City living among the young illustrators and painters, of Crane in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, and of Crane at Brede Place, as a neighbor of Wells and James.”-- George Monteiro, author of Stephen Crane’s Blue Badge of Courage
 

"For many years the truth about Crane's life was difficult to ascertain, first, because Crane (1871-1900) was contradictory and evasive about himself and, second, because his first biographer, Thomas Beer, fabricated many details in his eponymous book about the writer (1923). The most reliable biography remains R. W. Stallman's Stephen Crane: A Critical Biography (CH, Jul'73). The current volume complements that one and will help the reader understand Crane better as man and writer. Sorrentino (Virginia Tech) has collected 90 reminiscences from some 60 individuals who knew Crane--family members, friends, neighbors, and fellow writers and editors. Among the more familiar names found here are Hamlin Garland, Willa Cather, Ford Maddox Ford, and H. G. Wells. The editor divides the book into seven geographical sections, each covering a major location in which Crane spent time during his brief life. Explanatory headnotes and extensive footnotes for each piece help to clarify its meaning and importance. Sorrentino has done an important service for scholars by bringing together these documents, which are difficult to find and/or appearing here in print for the first time. The occasional particular reminiscence is suspect, but Sorrentino provides sufficient information to contextualize its value. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."
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