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Paul Sorrentino's new biography "Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire" was favorably reviewed by the New York Times. Crane, author of "The Red Badge of Courage," came from a deeply Methodist background.
By Sam HodgesSept. 29, 2014 | DALLAS (UMNS)
When young Stephen Crane went to family reunions, he was surrounded by Methodist preachers. At one such event in 1874, 14 of them attended, including his father and maternal grandfather and a great uncle who was a bishop.
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Sorrentino’s new biography “Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire” (Harvard University Press) culminates three decades of research and writing about the author. The book is getting attention, it “skillfully amplifies our knowledge of a singular American artist and his brief, uncompromising life.”
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Crane (1871-1900) would go the other way, smoking, drinking and keeping the company of prostitutes, while creating a groundbreaking body of literature, notably “The Red Badge of Courage” — before dying at age 28 of tuberculosis.
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Along with its innovative narrative techniques and color-saturated descriptions, the book offers what many critics consider to be the most penetrating psychological account of the Civil War soldier’s experience — a remarkable thing, since Crane was born after the war, and never served in the military.