Winter 1949 • Vol. XI No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1949 |

The Education of Hart Crane

Hart Crane: a Biographical and Critical Study by Brom Weber. Bodley Press. $4.50 Hart Crane is in fashion again. That would seem a cruel thing to say about a poet so often excellent as Crane, and about his current sponsors, to whom after all we must be grateful for their reminders of his worth. Yet here is another full-length study only ten years after the first; still a third has just been announced; Crane's work sheets were analysed in a recent volume; one of the magazines announces two forthcoming essays on Crane. The influence of Crane's verse on that of Robert Lowell is observed. Crane's work appears to fill a need at this juncture, the need felt by those who, like Ransom, regard the juncture as one in which "the fictions, the poetries are . . . psychically too constricted"; though with good reason, he complains, writers show a marked "disaffection to celebrate." The will to read, and also to write, a poetry of overt "celebration" refuses to atrophy in spite of the lack of g

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