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Hart Crane: A Life
by Clive Fisher
Hart Crane's life was notoriously turbulent, persistently nonconformist, and tragically short. Born in 1899, Crane became one of the most significant modernist American poets, yet his self-destructive tendencies - violent outbursts, massive drinking binges, and dangerous sexual pursuits - came to a catastrophic conclusion when at only 32 he threw himself from the stern of ...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published April 10th 2002 by Yale University Press
(first published 2002)
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One can think of a biography as being epical, as a total definition of an artist and his work set not only in terms of his personal narrative but in those of his work in context of the poetry of his day and his influence, as well as the times in which he lived. To read such a biography is to be able to see the man standing in his time. Understanding seemingly becomes as nearly complete as possible. It becomes the definitive biography. I think that's what Clive Fisher has given us with Hart Crane ...more
I have spent my nights accompanying Hart Crane in Clive Fisher's biography Hart Crane: A Life (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002). Although I am not sure that I always understand Crane's poetry, or for that matter most modern poetry (or modern dance, sometimes it makes me feel like such a philistine, try as I may, it remains lost on me) it is a pleasure to wander the streets of New York with Crane as he searches for inspiration in the arms of young sailors. As Hemingway put it..."Poor Hart ...more