Eagle: Hart Crane Hearted Brooklyn Heights

Sad sack poet/ Brooklyn Heights resident Hart Crane is remembered in this piece from the Brooklyn Eagle: 

Crane-before-The-Bridge.jpgBrooklyn Eagle: Hart Crane, Brooklyn Heights Tragic Poet: Completing “For the Marriage of Faustus and Helen” and receiving a personal visit from Charles Chaplin to praise his ode “Chaplinesque,” Crane’s archaic yet lyrical voice emerged. As did a love affair with Emil Opffer, a ship’s purser, who invited Crane to live in his father’s home in Brooklyn Heights. His joy upon arriving at 110 Columbia Heights was expressed in this letter to mother and grandmother in the spring of 1924:

“Just imagine looking out your window directly on the East River with nothing intervening between your view of the Statue of Liberty, way down the harbour, and the marvelous beauty of Brooklyn Bridge close above you on your right! All of the great new skyscrapers of lower Manhattan are marshalled directly accross [sic] from you, and there is a constant stream of tugs, liners, sail boats, etc in procession before you on the river! It’s really a magnificent place to live. This section of Brooklyn is very old, but all the houses are in splendid condition and have not been invaded by foreigners . . .”

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  • dr larry myers

    hopefully my play ‘hart crane,hard drinking poet’ will be staged this year
    the play was begun 20 years ago and is one of the only plays i ve written which hasn t been produced
    this entry was quite inspiring