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The Broken Tower: The Life of Hart Crane

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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, 512 pages
Published April 17th 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1999)
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Emily
Jul 14, 2015 Emily rated it liked it
I had never read any of Hart Crane’s poems before picking up this biography, and I haven’t read any since finishing it. Although Mariani does a meticulous job describing Crane’s visionary quest to transcend the negativity of T.S. Eliot with an American poetry that “moved the mind beyond despair, towards awe,” I found the poetry itself to be cryptic and inaccessible. Crane’s pathology also made him hard to like. Persistent in his vision, charismatic and adventurous, he was also demanding, self-in ...more
Michael
Nov 15, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
Fantastic biography! So engaging to read!
Chris Moran
Dec 20, 2009 Chris Moran rated it it was amazing
stunning, a real page-turner
Egor
Jul 13, 2014 Egor rated it really liked it
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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.
Fredrik
Aug 16, 2012 Fredrik rated it really liked it
"I write damned little because I am interested in recording certain sensations, very rigidly chosen, with an eye for what according to my taste and sum of prejudices seems suitable to -- or intense enough -- for verse." --Hart Crane :: May 29, 1927
Chad Morgan
Jul 19, 2012 Chad Morgan rated it really liked it
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Wonderful! One of the best biographies I've ever read. Mariani did a fantastic job of illuminating the life & mind of this incredible, troubled and troubling poet. It's hefty but well worth it.
Greg
Dec 18, 2007 Greg is currently reading it
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This is the fourth biography of Hart Crane I've read and it ranks just behind Untereker's "Voyager."
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