December 14, 2014

Hart Crane



Hart Crane was an American poet who found fame in the late 1920’s and early 30’s. Crane visited Mexico in 1931 via a Guggenheim Fellowship. Crane drank a great deal and his drinking continued and got worse as he suffered from bouts of alternating depression and elation, or as we might call it now, bipolar disorder. Despite his new found status, Crane still looked at himself and saw failure. While on board a steamship, with the destination being New York, it was said that just before noon on April 27, 1932, he jumped overboard into the Gulf of Mexico. He had been drinking heavily and witnesses said that he exclaimed "Goodbye, everybody!" before throwing himself overboard. His body was never recovered. There is a marker on the tombstone of his father that includes the inscription, "Harold Hart Crane 1899–1932 lost at sea"

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