February 1895-1896: Stephen Crane Around the Web

Feb[2] 1896. In a letter to editor Ripley Hitchcock, Crane notes, “I see also that they are beginning to charge me with having played base ball. I am rather more proud of my base ball ability than of some other things.” (From the Almanac at this site)

From “When I Knew Stephen Crane” by Willa Cather

Irving Bacheller, the founder of the first major American newspaper syndicate, sent one of his young reporters, Stephen Crane, to Nebraska in February 1895 to report on the extreme drought and famine endured by the state’s residents during the previous two years. Only two months earlier the Nebraska State Journal had published the serialized version of The Red Badge of Courage. At the time, Willa Cather was a senior at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and the drama critic for the Journal, writing several articles each week. At some point during Crane’s stay in Lincoln, the 23-year-old author met the 21-year-old student, who was overwhelmed with a heavy course load and a full-time job requiring her to attend the local theater productions most nights of the week.


and https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.loa.org/images/pdf/Cather_When_I_Knew_Crane.pdf

Willa Cather, 21, meets her first “man of letters” Stephen Crane, 23 (Reader’s Almanac)The block known as “Genius Row” in the Village: Washington Square South was home to both Crane and Cather (Ephemeral New York)

About Donna Campbell

Professor of English, Washington State University. Late nineteenth- and early 20th-century Americanist and digital humanities. https://hub.wsu.edu/campbell and http://donnamcampbell.net
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