Facts about Hart Crane
Hart Crane Biography
Bright, volatile, short-lived and hard-drinking, Hart 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.
From a well-off family, Crane lived in Ohio and New York, and wrote much of his ambitious, book-length poem off the coast of Cuba.
Crane is often compared to Walt Whitman, one of his obvious influences, both for his modern American sensibilities and for the homoerotic imagery found in his work.
In sheer style Crane also resembled T.S. Eliot, whom he admired, but whose “negative” view of the 20th century he aimed to oppose with a robust image of the spirit of America.
Crane committed suicide by leaping from the S.S. Orizaba in 1932, on a return trip from Mexico.