Synopses & Reviews
This edition features a new introduction by Harold Bloom as a centenary tribute to the visionary of (1926) and (1930). Hart Crane, prodigiously gifted and tragically doom-eager, was the American peer of Shelley, Rimbaud, and Lorca. Born in Garrettsville, Ohio, on July 21, 1899, Crane died at sea on April 27, 1932, an apparent suicide. A born poet, totally devoted to his art, Crane suffered his warring parents as well as long periods of a hand-to-mouth existence. He suffered also from his honesty as a homosexual poet and lover during a period in American life unsympathetic to his sexual orientation. Despite much critical misunderstanding and neglect, in his own time and in ours, Crane achieved a superb poetic style, idiosyncratic yet central to American tradition. His visionary epic, , is the most ambitious and accomplished long poem since Walt Whitman's . Marc Simon's text is accepted as the most authoritative presentation of Hart Crane's work available to us. For this centennial edition, Harold Bloom, who was introduced to poetry by falling in love with Crane's work while still a child, has contributed a new introduction.
Despite Critical misunderstanding and neglect both in his time and in ours, Hart Crane remains one of our greatest poets. Marc Simon's text is accepted as the most authoritative presentation of Crane's work now available to us. In this Centennial Edition, Harold Bloom's introduction provides a keen critical analysis of Crane's work.
Despite critical misunderstanding and neglect both in his time and in ours, Hart Crane remains one of America's greatest poets. This text is an authoritative presentation of Crane's work, and features an introduction by Harold Bloom that provides a keen critical analysis of Crane's work.
"Crane's poetry has been a touchstone for me, and remains central to a fully imaginative understanding of American literature."--Harold Bloom
About the Author
The Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, Harold Bloom (b. 1930) has been hailed as "one of our greatest living literary critics" (Los Angeles Times).