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89 Stephen Crane 1871-1900
War is Kind
Manuscript, 6 leaves [1894]-1897
The form and manner of the epigrammatic parables written in free verse that Crane published in his first book of poems, The Black Riders and Other Lines (1895), were suggested by reading Emily Dickinson's poems at a luncheon that Crane attended with William Dean Howells. His second book of poems, War is Kind (1899), printed, illustrated and designed by Will Bradley and published by Frederick A. Stokes in New York, continues this epigrammatic style, but the subject of his poetry has now become more ironic and personal. The Crane Collection contains holographs of six of the poems that appeared in War is Kind, along with twenty-six additional typescripts, many of which are the only surviving manuscripts of the individual poems, and a single tearsheet from the March 1896 Chap-book with Crane's corrections in ink. One of the six manuscripts, "There was one I met upon the road...," had previously been printed as number XXXIII in The Black Riders.
Frederic Bancroft Fund

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