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Stephen Crane by [Sorrentino, Paul]
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Stephen Crane seemed elusive to his contemporaries, and he proved equally elusive to generations of biographers. At last, Paul Sorrentino has produced a scrupulously reliable biography that is also wonderfully concise and colorful. It will stand for the foreseeable future as the definitive account of Crane's life. --Michael Robertson, author of "Stephen Crane, Journalism, and the Making of Modern American Literature"

Sorrentino s A Life of Fire is a quieter book, faithful to the record, free of bossy instruction to the reader on what to think or feel. --London Review of Books

Sorrentino s A Life of Fire is a quieter book, faithful to the record, free of bossy instruction to the reader on what to think or feel. --London Review of Books

As every Crane biographer learns, the archive of letters, diaries and other materials on him is exasperatingly thin - a vacuum that promoted his first biographer, Thomas Beer, writing in 1923, to invent incidents and forge documents that would prove dangerously attractive to later writers. Sorrentino deists their allure, but also recognises that Crane s opacity is essential to his identity. --Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Paul Sorrentino is the Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor of English at Virginia Tech.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9501 KB
  • Print Length: 517 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JU6KAZU
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b523738) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x9b25bd14) out of 5 stars The diverse, short life of an enormous talent 26 Sept. 2014
By Thomas Cushing - Published on Amazon.com
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Read the red badge of courage as a teenager and admired it. In the back of the book the publisher had included some poems by Crane. I thought at the time that the poems were spectacular . Reading this biography confirmed Crane's reputation as a poet as well as reporter and novelist. A short career that burned perhaps too brightly ..
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HASH(0x9b690774) out of 5 stars Biography of Stephen Crane 26 Sept. 2014
By Hank McGuire - Published on Amazon.com
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I only have read two books of Cranes back in high school. But I find him in this book utterly charming and quite the rogue. Whip smart and extremely talented, he was a classic brilliant artist. Well versed in his craft, but completely without common sense. However, he is still a literary lion and proved he had a touch with the common man and woman,from the Tenderloin to the U.S. Marines in Cuba. Amazing that he lasted as long as he did with Consumption, Yellow Fever and a nasty anal fistula/abscess. This just shows how much real mettle he had. And for the record, I believe he loved Cora very much, it was a match made in heaven.
HASH(0x9b690678) out of 5 stars Book is great but back cover says Free Library of Philadelphia so ... 5 May 2016
By Nancy L. - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is great but back cover says Free Library of Philadelphia so I hope I bought a legitimate copy???
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HASH(0x9ba12498) out of 5 stars Dry as driftwood. 5 Dec. 2015
By bryce franklyn - Published on Amazon.com
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It is good to have Sorrentino's fastidiously researched, serviceably written Crane on the record. Unfortunately, even at 500 pages, 80 of which are footnotes, it is precisely this Crane that the author has failed to animate, to "bring to life" upon the page. As happens far too often with biographies of this sort, what the author has instead succeeded in doing in the name of responsible scholarship, is to research his subject to figurative death, to suck him so dry that he is left as brittle and bloodless as an old corpse--where not that corpse's dustier shadow. There is something frustratingly thin, etiolated, sapless, even shallow about Sorrentino's portrait of Crane as drawn.

If it was the author's object to have his biography serve as a counterweight or corrective to certain of the Crane mythology that has been permitted to stand over the 90-plus years since the publication of Thomas Beer's first, more problematic Crane bio, perhaps he has achieved his aim and in that respect if no other is to be applauded. However, if what one wishes to acquire is a visceral sense of the living, breathing, multi-dimensional, fully human Crane--for Crane was nothing if not wholly, glaringly human--one would be better advised to get ahold of Berryman's effort which, while admittedly dated in some respects--it was, after all, published some 65 years ago--succeeds not only in presenting an animated, ENERGIZED Crane, but is nothing short of insightfully brilliant in assessing the worth of that author's work.

But then, John Berryman was a poet like no other before or since, and perhaps it requires just such a poetic sensibility to sufficiently appreciate the life and life's work of a writer as unique and idiosyncratic as Stephen Crane.
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