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Stephen Crane was one of the United States foremost naturalists in the late 1800s Stephen np He depicted the human mind in a way that few others have been capable of doing while examining his own beliefs Crane was so dedicated to his beliefs that one should write about only what they personally experience that he lived in a self-imposed poverty for part of his life to spur on his writings Colvert 12108 Cranes contribution to American Literature is larger than any one of his books or poems All parts of Cranes life greatly influenced or were influenced by his writings whether it was his early life formal education writing career or later years Stephen np Stephen Crane was born in Newark New Jersey on November 1 1871 He was the last of fourteen children of a Methodist minister Jonathan Townley and Mary Helen Peck Stephen np Being a minister his father greatly influenced his ideas and attitudes towards writing His father was a kind minister but his mother believed that God was a God of wrath The effects of his preoccupation with faith are evident in most of Cranes work Throughout his writings he tried to shake the thought that God was wrathful Colvert 12101 Stephen Crane began his formal education at a military school where he studied the Civil War and military training Stephen np After military school he proceeded to attend Lafayette College in the fall of 1890 where he played baseball Eventually he was forced to withdraw from Layette because he refused to do any work After leaving Lafayette he moved on to attend Syracuse University where he also played baseball and wrote for his brothers news service Colvert 12102 It is said that Crane wrote the preliminary sketch of his novella Maggie while at Syracuse He eventually decided to quit school and become a full time reporter for the New York Tribune Stephen np Crane began his writing
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