Hart Crane's life is the purest, saddest fable of the artist's fate. So with my interest piqued, I decided to reread Mariani's The Broken Tower.
Hart Crane's life is the purest, saddest fable of the artist's fate. He was our American Orpheus, our ecstatic visionary savaged by demons. With a rare sympathy and a vivid narrative, Paul Mariani's new and much-needed biography illuminates the poet's energies and pathos, the arching, aching firework of his astonishing career.
The Broken Tower book. I suspect Hart Crane's life is one that resists biography, making Paul Mariani's task a tall one. Still, The Broken Tower struck me as particularly slapdash at times, merely a retelling, via paraphrase, of Crane's own letters to various individuals over the course of his life. Due to his reliance on the letters, Mariani's narrative, though chronological in the larger sense, is not always within and between individual episodes, which can make them feel like non-sequiturs.
One interesting minor theme running though the book is Crane’s unstinting admiration, early and late, for the lesson and practice of Wallace Stevens, whose ear for connotation and nuance, whose indirectness, whose strict poetic discipline, and above all whose sense of the still-unspent spiritual power of the poetic imagination, is akin to Crane’s own.
Crane is the subject of The Broken Tower, a 2011 American student film by the actor James Franco who . He loosely based his script on Paul Mariani's 1999 nonfiction book The Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane.
Crane is the subject of The Broken Tower, a 2011 American student film by the actor James Franco who wrote, directed, and starred in the film which was the Master thesis project for his MFA in filmmaking at New York University. Despite being a student film, The Broken Tower was shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2011 and received DVD distribution in 2012 by Focus World Films. Crane appears as a character in Samuel R. Delany's novella "Atlantis: Model 1924",.
He was all of 3. ublished in 1999, Mariani's biography commenmorates the Centennial of Crane's birth.
Few poets have lived as extraordinary and fascinating a life as Hart Crane, the American poet who made his meteoric rise in the late 1920s and then as suddenly flamed out, killing himself at the age of thirty-two and thus turning his life and poetry into the stuff of myth. He was all of 3. The poetic focus of the book is The Bridge. some critics see White Buildings as the stronger, more representative part of Crane's work.
The Broken Tower Lyrics. The bell-rope that gathers God at dawn Dispatches me as though I dropped down the knell Of a spent day - to wander the cathedral lawn From pit to crucifix, feet chill on steps from hell. And builds, within, a tower that is not stone (Not stone can jacket heaven) - but slip Of pebbles, - visible wings of silence sown In azure circles, widening as they dip. The matrix of the heart, lift down the eye That shrines the quiet lake and swells a tower.
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Book Format: Paperback. Written by award-winning biographer Paul Mariani, "The Broken Tower" reads with all the drama of a psychological novel and the inexorable force of a Greek tragedy. Few poets have lived as extraordinary and fascinating life as Hart Crane, the American poet who made his meteoric rise in the late 1920s and then flamed out just as suddenly, killing himself at the age of 32. 34 photos.
Written by award-winning biographer Paul Mariani, "The Broken Tower" reads with all .
Written by award-winning biographer Paul Mariani, "The Broken Tower" reads with all the drama of a psychological novel and the inexorable force of a Greek tragedy.