A fine early portrait of Crane in his military school uniform, by W. H. Stauffer of Asbury Park, N.J., inscribed to a schoolmate. Albumen print, mounted on photographer's card. Inscribed on the reverse to Odell Hathaway, his classmate at Claverack College "To Odell with kindest regards / Stephen Crane / Syracuse, N.Y., Jan 12th, 1897". 6½ inches x 4 1/8 inches, scalloped and gilt edges, photographer's advertisement on verso, lower left corner slightly bent, otherwise very good, strongly toned. From 1888 to 1890 Crane attended Claverack College and Hudson River Institute in the Catskills, a military preparatory school where he was taught by retired General John B. Van Petten, whose reminiscences became the basis for "The Red Badge of Courage". The inscription on the photograph was written only a week after Crane's rescue from the wreck of his boat, The Commodore, while he was attempting to smuggle contraband to Cuban rebels, an event that inspired his "The Open Boat". Wertheim and Sorrentino's edition of "The Correspondence of Stephen Crane" (Columbia University Press, 1988) records only five signed images of Crane, all but one in institutional collections, making this the sixth known example, one of two still in private hands. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Signed photograph ("Stephen Crane"). Cabinet...
Publication Date: 1890
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