Thursday, November 1, 2012

This Day in History November 1, 1871

By unattributed (coinguy!) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Okay, I will tell you that I am not a fan of the writings of the author who whose birthday is today, but I realize and acknowledge his importance.  On this date in 1871, Stephen Crane was born.  He was the eighth surviving child of an American Methodist family who began writing at the age of four and was published by the age of 16.  He was an American realist, and The Red Badge of Courage (1895) was his best known work.  Impressionists like Claude Monet were a major influence on him.  As a side note, he had an affair with a married woman, Lily Brandon Monroe, who was separated from her husband but who refused to run away with him.  He died on June 5, 1900, at the young age of 28.  He was survived by his domestic partner, Cora Taylor, the owner of a Florida brothel.  She inherited everything upon his death.

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1 comment:

  1. I had no idea about this author's personal life or history. Maybe that's good thing because it probably would have influenced my thoughts on his book that I read while in school... years ago. lol I learn something new everyday on your blog! Thanks =)


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