This is the first critical study of Stephen Crane's nonfiction work--his urban reportage, travel writing, and war correspondence. Going beyond biography and literary criticism to trace a literary revolution that is a resonating strain in the genealogy of modern American literature, Robertson reveals the broad climate of change that had begun to blur the line between nonfiction writing and fiction in Crane's era. He also explores the life of two writers directly influenced by Crane: Ernest Hemingway and Theodore Dreiser.
Thoroughly researched and elegantly written, the book traces the role of Stephen Crane as a crucial transitional figure whose work in the 1890s and subsequent influence helped to shape the development of both fiction and nonfiction writing in America... A masterful study of one of the founders of what is now widely known as literary journalism, as well as an original construction of an important historical turning point in American letters. -- David Abrahamson Journalism History Going beyond biography and literary criticism, Robertson's excellent critical study... places [Crane's nonfiction] in the context of turnf-of-the-century American culture... An important work that traces how journalism and literature interact in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. Journal of Popular Culture Robertson's scholarship is thorough and inventive and his literary analysis is sophisticated, insightful and potentially revolutionary with regard to the role and value of journalism in 'the making of modern American literature.' -- Patrick K. Dooley War, Literature, and the Arts Robertson's excellent book on Stephen Crane's journalism is one of the best critical studies of this author to appear in recent decades. -- James B. Colvert Dreiser Studies A ground-breaking, overdue, and important contribution. -- Patrick K. Dooley Stephen Crane Studies