First edition of the short story collection that includes both the proto-existentialist story "The Open Boat" and the evocative Western "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky."
"If I am going to be drowned, why, in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the sea, was I allowed to come thus far and comtemplate sand and trees?"
Sailing to cover the Cuban insurrection against Spain, Crane was caught in a disaster and had to survive in a small life-boat with three other men for over a day: even after reaching the shore, the surf forced the exhausted men to swim the final length, and one of the men drowned. Crane turned this experience into the story "The Open Boat," which has been called a perfect short story (cf. Ellison), simultaneously realist and symbolist in style, with seeds of what would become existentialism in the 20th century. This collection also includes "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," an atmospheric work that delicately captures the erosion of the sentimental "old West." An exceptionally well-preserved example in pictorial cloth that rarely survives so clean.
Read more: Blanck, Bibliography of American Literature (BAL), 4079; Ellison, "Stephen Crane and the Mainstream of American Fiction."
New York: Doubleday & McClure Co, 1898. Full title: The Open Boat And Other Tales of Adventure. 6.5'' x 4''. Original full green pictorial cloth stamped in silver and dark green. , 336 pages. Slight spine lean, faint rubbing to cloth, spine a little toned. Silver much brighter than typical; interior clean and fresh.
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