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Stephen Crane Stephen Crane one of Americas foremost journalist and novelist utilized characters and topics of realism to awaken a sleeping literary piblic of his times Although he was born more than six years after the end of the American Civil War Stephen Cranes novel The Red Badge of Courage depicted that war so vividly and rendered the fears of men in battle so intensely that many veterans who read the book were convinced that he was one of them In a career of less than ten years Crane produced a body of work that in its striking and concise phrasing and its unflinching confrontation of smugness and hypocrisy helped set the course of American fiction and poetry in the twentieth century Born in Newark New Jersey on November 1 1871 Stephen Crane was his parents fourteenth child His father Dr Jonathan Townley Crane was a Methodist minister as were his maternal grandfather and other relatives on both sides of his family Dr Cranes successive ecclesiastical appointments led the family to move in 1876 to Paterson New Jersey and in 1878 to Port Jervis a town in upstate New York that with its surrounding countryside would become the setting for a number of Cranes works including Whilomville Stories the novel The Third Violet and one of his greatest short stories The Monster After Dr Cranes death in 1880 his widow moved the family to Asbury Park New Jersey Crane attended the Hudson River Institute in Claverack New York from 1888 to 1890 where he was taught history by John B Van Petten who had been an officer in the Civil War In September 1890 he enrolled at Lafayette College to study mining engineering but
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