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The Blue Hotel

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Short story by Stephen Crane, published serially in Collier's Weekly (Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 1898), and then in the collection The Monster and Other Stories (1899). Combining symbolic imagery with naturalistic detail, it is an existential tale about human vanities and delusions. As the story opens, three visitors find shelter from a blizzard at Pat Scully's hotel in Fort Romper, ...more
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Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A brief update,
while reading this story, I was not aware of this fact. Now I came to know that this story was one of the two stories recommended by Hemingway to every young writer. So an additional star from my side to this story...As I reread it quickly after knowing about such a recommendation, to check if I missed something there or not !

As they say, Stephen Crane's fiction is typically categorized as representative of Naturalism, American realism, Impressio
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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"Every sin is the result of a collaboration," says Stephen Crane (1871-1900) in this short (38 pages) , but transcendent and unforgettable novella. If you've never read Crane - forgotten today - start here. Coming from a family of Methodist clergy, he rebelled early and became an atheist. He went into the world, saw it and realized too much. Can you ever get rid of the burden of religion?

Starting as a freelance journalist, and seldom with any money, he covered troubles in Mexico and Cuba, expl
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Blue Hotel” 1899) is one of several works recommended to a young writer by Ernest Hemingway. In fact, it is one of only two short stories so recommended, the other being “The Open Boat,” also by Steven Crane (see my review embedded in my review of David Foster Wallace’s “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.”). This was available free online from, which, as the blurb says is “a ‘G’ rated study resource for junior high, high school, college students, teachers and home sc ...more
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Put down that copy of "The Red Badge of Courage," and opt for "The Blue Hotel" instead. Crane, one of our greatest American writers, wrote in a time of Dreiser and James, and his style certainly conflicts with their beautiful, multi-clause prose. Crane had an affinity for characters that liked the less-glamorous side of life, almost like Hemingway before Hemingway, and "The Blue Hotel' contains all the elements of masculine sin. But his plot is not what drives his stories, it is writing style. F ...more
Mike OwlLove
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
had to read it for literature class... it was boring, both the book and the class.
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I saw this on a list of Hemingway’s recommended reads. As a bonus, I found a free e-book version of it at Book depository.
It is a short story; guests shelter in the blue hotel during a snowstorm with the owner and his son. This is a tale of men; women feature only as side points. The perfect shelter is flawed because one of the men, the Swede, is described as: “One might have thought that he had the sense of silly suspicion which comes to guilt. He resembled a badly frightened man.”
It is clear t
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this three times in the past week for school. The first time I read it, I was bored. I was all, let's hurry up and get to the point already. Well, "The Blue Hotel" doesn't work like that.

The second time I read it, I noticed some of the subtly beautiful descriptions that Crane uses. I saw the blue paint of the Palace Hotel, felt the snowstorm in Fort Romper, and felt like I was losing at High-Five to Johnnie. Crane's writing is so delicate that you don't even realize you're reading.

The thi
Jun 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Hemingway said "The Blue Hotel" was the best short story ever written by an American.
It is a beautiful, sad, horrifying story. It's always good to have a collection of Crane's stories. It's even better to have one named after the best one he wrote.
Jeff Yoak
A blah story. My first from Crane.
David James
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it

Crane, Stephen. The Blue Hotel

Stephen Crane’s long short story is a much anthologised item, it being typical of his masculine focussed social Darwinism, or survival of the fittest philosophy. Here, a character known simply as The Swede is the focus of the five major players in the story, set in an isolated settlement in The Blue Hotel in Fort Romper, Nebraska. Life is tough in winter in Romper and a man needs all his wits, and probably a handy weapon, simply to survive. The Swede is nervous to t
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Stephen Crane was an American novelist, poet and journalist, best known for the novel Red Badge of Courage. That work introduced the reading world to Crane's striking prose, a mix of impressionism, naturalism and symbolism. He died at age 28 in Badenweiler, Baden, Germany.

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“We picture the world as thick with conquering and elate humanity, but here, with the bugles of the tempest peeling, it was hard to imagine a peopled earth. One viewed the existence of man then as a marvel, and conceded a glamour of wonder to these lice which were caused to cling to a whirling, fire-smitten, ice-locked, disease-stricken, space-lost bulb. The conceit of man was explained by this storm to be the very engine of life. One was a coxcomb not to die in it.” 4 likes
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