Burning Boy

Paul Auster


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6 October 2022
ISBN: 9780571353361
800 pages

From the publisher

A thrilling literary biography of Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage, by one of our greatest living writers, Paul Auster.


‘Exhilarating.’ Joyce Carol Oates, Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year

‘Sharp-eyed and revealing.’ The New Yorker

‘Brilliant . . . Remarkable.’ New York Journal of Books

Stephen Crane produced an avalanche of sublime literature before he succumbed to tuberculosis at the age of twenty-eight. Yet his short life was an eventful one: from crushing poverty as a newcomer to Manhattan and his near-drowning in a shipwreck, to his stint as a war correspondent in Cuba and international fame at twenty-five, to his final years in England and friendships with Joseph Conrad and Henry James. In Burning Boy, celebrated novelist Paul Auster delves deeply into the story of Crane’s tumultuous and dramatic life.