The Double Life of Stephen Crane: A Biography

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This is the first reassessment in more than a quarter of a century of one of the most brilliant and fascinating figures in American literature - the novelist-journalist born in 1871, six years after the war he memorialized in his universally acclaimed The Red Badge of Courage, and dead of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-eight. Recounting Stephen Crane's brief life (a life crammed with incident and mystery), Benfey identifies a curious pattern: Crane tried to live what he had already written. Barely twenty-two ...
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1992 Hard cover First edition. New in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Tight binding with clean text. New First edition. D/j has some wear along edges and a small tear ... on spine. Signed twiced by author, on title page and on front endpaper witrh an inscription to previous owner. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 294 p. Audience: General/trade. The first reassessment in over 25 years of one of the most brilliant and fascinating figures in American literature--the novelist-journalist who was born in 1871, six years after the end of the war he memorialized in his universally acclaimed The Red Badge of Courage, and who died of tuberculosis at 28. Benfey explores the uncanny pattern in Crane's life whereby he tried to live the life that he had already written. This pattern is evidenced by Crane's desire to become a war correspondent to see if what he wrote about in The Red Badge of Courage was accurate. Read more Show Less

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This is the first reassessment in more than a quarter of a century of one of the most brilliant and fascinating figures in American literature - the novelist-journalist born in 1871, six years after the war he memorialized in his universally acclaimed The Red Badge of Courage, and dead of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-eight. Recounting Stephen Crane's brief life (a life crammed with incident and mystery), Benfey identifies a curious pattern: Crane tried to live what he had already written. Barely twenty-two when he wrote The Red Badge, he later became the leading war-correspondent of his time - in order to see, he told Joseph Conrad, whether The Red Badge was "all right." He wrote Maggie: A Girl of the Streets more out of curiosity than knowledge; a few years later he took as his common-law wife the madam of a Jacksonville whorehouse. He made a life with her in England, where their circle of good friends included Conrad, Henry James, Ford Madox Ford, and H. G. Wells. Christopher Benfey has given us as full an account of Crane's life as we can ever have - and an inspired reading of his astonishingly multifaceted work.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780394568645
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 294

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