Stephen Crane: A Study in American Letters

Stephen Crane: A Study in American Letters

Stephen Crane: A Study in American Letters

Stephen Crane: A Study in American Letters

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On a rainy day of March of the year 1923, listening to the author of this biography telling me of his earnest labours for the memory of a man who was certainly unique in his generation I exclaimed to myself with wonder: "And so it has come to pass after all--this thing which I did not expect to see!" In truth I had never expected the biography of Stephen Crane to appear in my lifetime. My immense pleasure was affected by the devastating touch of time which like a muddy flood covers under a mass of daily trivialities things of value: moments of affectionate communion with kindred spirits, words spoken with the careless freedom of perfect confidence, the deepest emotions of joy and sorrow-- together with such things of merely historical importance as the recollection of dates, for instance. After hearing from Mr. Beer of his difficulties in fixing certain dates in the history of Stephen Crane's life I discovered that I was unable to remember with any kind of precision the initial date of our friendship. Indeed life is but a dream--especially for those of us who have never kept a diary or possessed a note-book in their lives.

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