Hart Crane: A Life

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Yale University Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 567 pages
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 thirty-two he threw himself from the stern of an ocean liner into the Gulf of Mexico. This new biography presents a full, frank portrait of the real Hart Crane, a poet attractive both for his flamboyance and passion for life, and for the magnificent sonorities of his work.

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Elusive, cryptic, and often bewildering, Harold Hart Crane's poetry demands more than a token effort to comprehend; readers should expect to make a similar investment when trying to understand the man ... Read full review

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