Hart Crane: A Life With: Ephemera. Clive Fisher, Hart Crane.
Hart Crane: A Life With: Ephemera
Hart Crane: A Life With: Ephemera
Hart Crane: A Life With: Ephemera
Hart Crane: A Life With: Ephemera

Hart Crane: A Life With: Ephemera

New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. "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 for the first time 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." So reads an abridged excerpt from the (justifiably) proud flap copy for this heroic work of biography by Clive Fisher, a writer who had earlier tackled similarly roustabout subjects in his 1992 work on English playwright Noel Coward, as well as in the 1996 book on Writer-&-Critic, Cyril Connolly, which bears the subtitle of "The Life and Times of England's Most Controversial Literary Critic." "Hart Crane: A Life" is as strong as it is because of Fisher's Aegean literary-archeological work ethic. It's clear that the tales of biographical heroism which adorn the flap copy -- describing Fisher as having "...mined every extant document left behind by Crane to recount the intertwined stories of the poet's life..." -- is actually accurate--the proof is in the pages, folks! Also explored is "...his [Crane's] work and the intellectual climate in which he wrote, his urgent and intractable relations with his parents, and his tortured yet incessant quest for emotional stability and love." It likewise "...considers the autobiographical application of Crane's poems and recreates settings in London, Paris, Cleveland, Cuba, and Mexico where the poet found inspiration. Fisher redresses injustices to the reputation of Crane's father, Clarence; reintroduces Crane's important friends and their achievements; and without the constraints that hindered previous biographers, presents Crane's [robustly Ginsbergian, this author might add] promiscuity," considering Crane's (potentially-hazardous) proto-cruising "...in the context of the New York gay underworld of his time. The book also takes up the suicidal tendencies of Grace Crane, Hart's mother, and [quite compellingly] recreates the scene of the poet's death from documents of those aboard the ship." Fisher is ultimately successful in capturing his subject because he implicitly understands one of the great necessities of biography. This integrity-preserving necessity--as Crane's literary ancestor, Walt Whitman would have it--is the 'need' to "... drag the dead out of their coffins and stand them again on their feet...He says to the past: rise and walk before me, that I may realize you...He learns the lesson." Fisher, in this book’s execution, "learned the lesson" indeed; and the result is a game-changing addition to any Hart Crane-inclusive collection or library. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket; First Edition, First Printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page. Book in very fine condition, virtually as new and among the cleanest copies we have yet seen. Dust-jacket in strong near fine condition with only minor shelf-wear, a few tiny bumps, and a few crease-indentations along fine-edges of front, back covers; minor, though noticeable vertical instance of rubbing (and accompanying, slight, shelf-wear based crease-indentation) running along length of back cover in two places nearest rightmost fine-edge, yet of mild impact (esp. where condition is considered in totality). Also included are three pieces of ephemera: comprised of reviews, excerpts & related material from the New York Times and The Boston Globe—all in direct or general reference to Crane, Fisher’s book, or the historical circumstances cataloged in its pages. Ephemera in essentially fine condition with only slight shelf-wear to fine-edges from being folded and placed into the book--where it remained, undisturbed, prior to its listing here. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #4821]

Price: $35.00