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Crane's Redeeming Quality
on September 30, 2003
Crane is best known for writing "The Red Badge of Courage", which is rather unfortunate, because every high school student in America now knows Stephen Crane as the author of the most effective sleep aid available to mankind. In contrast, Crane's poetry is... awesome, dude! Shocking and effective, Crane can convey complicated themes perfectly in desceptively few words. His organic phrasing and rhythm is a style born outside the traditional rules that his more educated peers followed, giving Crane a unique and innovative edge. My copy is always with me, and I'm afraid it's already quite worn.