Hart Crane: The Life of an American Poet

Hart Crane: The Life of an American Poet

Hart Crane: The Life of an American Poet

Hart Crane: The Life of an American Poet

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ON SUMMER afternoons in the year 1905 the citizens of Warren, Ohio, passing in front of the shaded porch of Mrs. Sutcliffs home, often saw the old lady holding forth to a little boy at her feet. Sometimes they smiled at the sight of her lace cap bobbing with emphasis, for they could well imagine the stories she was telling which held the boy fixed in rapt attention: stories of the opening of the Western Reserve, of wars with the Indians, their customs and way of life, encounters with marauding bears in the forests, her own log cabin and the long years of struggle to settle the land and build the villages. As one of Warren's oldest inhabitants, her memory spanned the greater part of the preceding century and furnished as stirring a record of adventure as any boy's book of historical legend. At least, Harold Crane, the little visitor from across the street, found it so. By comparison the games of his playmates seemed commonplace and colorless and worn from daily repetition. Sitting on Mrs. Sutcliff's porch, his round solid face puck-

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