The Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane
Few poets have lived as extraordinary and fascinating a life as Hart Crane, the American poet who made his meteoric rise in the late 1920s and then as suddenly flamed out, killing himself at the age of thirty-two and thus turning his life and poetry into the stuff of myth.
Paperback, 492 pages
Published April 17th 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 1999)
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"A life extraordinary" as the cover says Crane's was not. If you expect to find a story as powerful as Crane's poetry, or insights into why he wrote the way he did, you will be disappointed. That said, it seems to be the most accorate and up to date biography and hence a must for a serious Crane reader.