Stephen Crane, “Legends” from The Bookman (1896)

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I. A man builded a bugle / for the storms to blow. / The focussed winds hurled him afar. / He said that the instrument was a failure.

II. When the suicide arrived at the sky, the people there asked / him: “Why?” He replied: “Because no one admired me.”

Bestsellers for March 1896:

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About Donna Campbell

Professor of English, Washington State University. Late nineteenth- and early 20th-century Americanist and digital humanities. and
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