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Selected Poetry of Stephen Crane (1871-1900)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Then God in all His splendor
Arose from His throne.
"Oh, best little blade of grass," He said.
        (In Heaven, 16-18)
  1. In Heaven
  2. A Man Said to the Universe
  3. Should the Wide World Roll Away


Notes on Life and Works

Born on November 1, 1871, in Newark, New Jersey, Stephen Crane grew up in Port Jervis and Asbury Park. Educated at the Hudson River Institute, Lafayette College, and Syracuse University until 1890, he did journalistic work and eked out a poor living as a writer until the publication of his The Red Badge of Courage in 1895, followed by a re-issue of Maggie: A Girl of the Streets a year later. He published only two volumes of verse, The Black Riders and Other Lines in 1895, and War is Kind in 1899. None of his writings matched the success of Courage. He died from tuberculosis in Germany on June 5, 1900, leaving a devoted common-law wife, Cora Taylor, and good friends such as Joseph Conrad and H. G. Wells.

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Biographical information

Given name: Stephen
Family name: Crane
Birth date: 1 November 1871
Death date: 5 June 1900
Nationality: American
Cause of death: Consumption