Stephen Crane

1871 - 1900

The American poet, novelist and short story writer, Stephen Crane is known as one of the pioneers of modern American Naturalism in literature. His writing is characterised by a vivid intensity, distinctive dialects and irony. His main themes are fear, spiritual crisis and social isolation.His Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage, a classic of American literature, won international acclaim.


The Snake

Where the path wended across the ridge, the bushes of huckleberry and sweet fern swarmed at it in two curling waves until it was a mere winding line traced through a tangle. There was no interference ... [+]


A Dark Brown Dog

A child was standing on a street-corner. He leaned with one shoulder against a high board fence and swayed the other to and fro, the while kicking carelessly at the gravel. Sunshine beat upon the ... [+]


A Tent in Agony

Four men once came to a wet place in the roadless forest to fish. They pitched their tent fair upon the brow of a pine-clothed ridge of riven rocks whence a bowlder could be ... [+]


Three little birds in a row

Three little birds in a row
Sat musing.
A man passed near that place.
Then did the little birds nudge each other.
They said, "He thinks he can sing."
They threw back ... [+]


Fast Rode The Knight

Fast rode the knight With spurs, hot and reeking, Ever waving an eager sword, "To save my lady!" Fast rode the knIght, And leaped from saddle to war. Men of steel flickered and gleamed Like ... [+]