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Stephen Crane The Open Boat There are many good short stories in this world but how many of them can captivate the reader in such a short amount of time like that of Stephen Cranes The Open Boat As a reader of this story one may feel as if they too were on the boat with these men Not just any writer could activate the reader in such a manner as this Yet we will never know the true extent to how much more of an impact he would have made on American literature due to his early demise Stephen Crane lived from 1871 to 1900 dying at the young age of twenty-nine The fourteenth and youngest child of a Methodist minister Crane was born on November 1 1871 Perkins 1304 From a very young age Crane loved to write Crane was apparently a born writer and he turned to newspaper work as the natural and quick means to make a living for himself While in college he would even sell sketches to the Detroit Free Press and during the summers he had written news for his brother As a writer it was his nature to be experimental At age twenty he wrote Maggie the United States first completely naturalistic novel By the age of twenty-four he produced The Red Badge of Courage the first examples of American impressionism In some of his poetry he had become one of the first writers to respond to the radical genius of Emily Dickinson Although he lived a very short life he was in every respect phenomenal Perkins 1304 He died in Baldenweilder Germany due to many health issues In the year 1898 Stephen Crane composed the short story he named The Open Boat The Open Boat is a particularly interesting story because of the great detail that the author extends and because of the solitary reflections of the characters in consideration of their demise UICedu
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