Life of an Unhappy Poet

HART CRANE (452 pp.)—Brom Weber—The Bodley Press ($4.50)

Hart Crane was born in 1899, and committed suicide in 1932.

His admirers considered him potentially one of the greatest American poets. Actually, his poetry was obscure and frequently derivative—lighted by occasional brilliant passages. His fame rests not so much on his actual work as on his standing as a classic example of the frustrated American genius. If a Marxist critic wished for an illustration of the breakdown of culture under capitalism, he could scarcely find a clearer one than the career of Hart Crane.

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