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Burning Boy
The Life and Work of Stephen Crane
By (author): Paul Auster

ISBN:

9780771096921

Product Form:

Hardcover
Hardcover
English

Audience:

General/trade
Oct 26, 2021
$45.00 CAD
Forthcoming

Dimensions:

9.53in x 6.48 x 2.57 in | 2.42 lb

Page Count:

800 pages
McClelland & Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures
From Booker Prize–shortlisted and New York Times bestselling author Paul Auster, a landmark biography of the great American writer Stephen Crane.

With Burning Boy, celebrated novelist Paul Auster tells the extraordinary story of Stephen Crane, best known as the author of The Red Badge of Courage, who transformed American literature through an avalanche of original short stories, novellas, poems, journalism, and war reportage before his life was cut short by tuberculosis at age twenty-eight.

Auster’s probing account of this singular life tracks Crane as he rebounds from one perilous situation to the next: A controversial article written at twenty disrupts the course of the 1892 presidential campaign, a public battle with the New York police department over the false arrest of a prostitute effectively exiles him from the city, a star-crossed love affair with an unhappily married uptown girl tortures him, a common-law marriage to the proprietress of Jacksonville’s most elegant bawdyhouse endures, a shipwreck results in his near drowning, he withstands enemy fire to send dispatches from the Spanish-American War, and then he relocates to England, where Joseph Conrad becomes his closest friend and Henry James weeps over his tragic, early death.



In Burning Boy, Auster not only puts forth an immersive read about an unforgettable life but also, casting a dazzled eye on Crane’s astonishing originality and productivity, provides uniquely knowing insight into Crane’s creative processes to produce the rarest of reading experiences—the dramatic biography of a brilliant writer as only another literary master could tell it.

RETURN OF A GIANT: Paul Auster is one of the great American writers of his generation, and he’s coming off a Booker shortlist for his last novel.

PRODIGOUS TALENTS UNITE: A deep dive into the life of Stephen Crane, a writer with a story that only another literary star like Paul Auster can pull off.

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of 4 3 2 1Sunset ParkInvisibleThe Book of Illusions, and the New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature. Among his other honors are the Prix Médicis étranger for Leviathan, the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke, and the Premio Napoli for Sunset Park. In 2012, he was the first recipient of the NYC Literary Honors in the category of fiction. He has also been a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions), the PEN/Faulkner Award (The Music of Chance), the Edgar Award (City of Glass), and the Man Booker Prize (4 3 2 1). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

“Paul Auster’s all-in obsessive engagement with the 19th century Bad Boy of American literature, Stephen Crane, is brilliant and beautiful. Auster’s mastery of the historical context, his writerly, troubled, imaginative insights into Crane’s character and the analysis of the works, all superb. And the prose is beautiful—lucid and clear, and yet lyrical and personal. I was deeply moved by his portrayal of Crane’s relationships with Conrad and James and other writers of the time and Crane’s common law wife, Cora, and his judgmental, bourgeois older brother William. And his delicacy regarding Crane’s other relations with women. All of it. What a story! This is more than a novel, more than a biography, more than a book of critical analysis. This is a significant work of literature. And the most profound homage of one writer to another that I’ve ever read.” —Russel Banks

Burning Boy is an authoritative study of Stephen Crane, whose innovative narrative and poetic techniques foreshadow modern American literature. Paul Auster, one of our preeminent novelists, explores Crane’s psyche with unerring insight and freshly interprets Crane’s genius. This book will revitalize interest in the most important American author of his generation.” —Paul Sorrentino, author of Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire

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