Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane

Paul Auster

A thrilling literary biography of Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage, by one of our greatest living writers, Paul Auster.

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‘Exhilarating.’ Joyce Carol Oates, Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year

‘Sharp-eyed and revealing.’ The New Yorker

‘Brilliant . . . Remarkable.’ New York Journal of Books

Stephen Crane produced an avalanche of sublime literature before he succumbed to tuberculosis at the age of twenty-eight. Yet his short life was an eventful one: from crushing poverty as a newcomer to Manhattan and his near-drowning in a shipwreck, to his stint as a war correspondent in Cuba and international fame at twenty-five, to his final years in England and friendships with Joseph Conrad and Henry James. In Burning Boy, celebrated novelist Paul Auster delves deeply into the story of Crane’s tumultuous and dramatic life.

Critic Reviews

Warmly sympathetic, brilliantly written, information-packed [and] a turbulent and fascinating history of America.

Joyce Carol Oates, Times Literary Supplement
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Incandescent . . . Auster writes with such enrapturing vibrancy, expertise and empathy . . . A thrillingly insightful and resonant portrait.

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A splendid appreciation, from one master to another, written with great warmth, fervour and intelligence.

Joseph Barbato, New York Journal of Books
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A labor of love of a rare kind in contemporary letters.

The New Yorker
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Burning Boy answers a thousand riddles about Crane and is a memorial that should once and for all place him – a modernist before there was such a thing – among the very greatest American writers.

Luc Sante
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Paul Auster’s all-in obsessive engagement with the nineteenthcentury bad boy of American literature, Stephen Crane, is brilliant and beautiful . . . This is more than a novel, more than a biography, more than a book of critical analysis. This is a significant work of literature.

Russell Banks

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Man in the Dark, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his other honours are the Independent…

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