Hart Crane

Poet

Born: 21 July 1899
Died: 27 April 1932 (suicide)
Birthplace: Garrettsville, Ohio
Best known as: Suicidal poet of The Bridge

Name at birth: Harold Hart Crane

Bright, volatile, short-lived and hard-drinking, Crane was in some ways an archetype of the Roaring Twenties author. Crane is best known for The Bridge (1930), an epic vision of American life with the Brooklyn Bridge as a central image. Crane is often compared to Walt Whitman, both for his modern American sensibilities and for the homoerotic imagery some find in his work. In sheer style Crane also resembled T.S. Eliot, whom he admired. Crane committed suicide by leaping from the S.S. Orizaba in 1932.

Extra credit: Crane was no relation to Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage.

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