Hart Crane: Precarious Modernist Poet

Taylor Hagood

Course Description

Many Modernist poets are household names, from T. S. Eliot to Gertrude Stein to e. e. cummings. Far lesser-known but extravagantly talented was the poet Hart Crane. The son of a candy inventor, Crane, became the quintessential tortured artist, addicted to risk in substance abuse and promiscuity but writing some of the most exquisite poetry in literary history. His long poem, "The Bridge," takes its place alongside Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" as one of the greatest poems about America. Tennessee Williams was so enamored of Crane's work that he wanted to be buried at the approximate site of Crane's death at sea. In this one-time lecture, Professor Taylor Hagood will present Crane's story and delve into Crane's poetry, with its delicious language and brilliant presentation of modern life.

About the Instructor

  • Taylor Hagood, Ph.D., is a professor of American literature at FAU. He has published several books, including "Faulkner; Writer of Disability" (winner of the 2014 C. Hugh Holman Award for Best Book in Southern Studies), has lectured in venues throughout North America and Europe and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Munich (2009-10).

    Learning Professorship of Arts and Letters, 2014-15

Upcoming programs presented by Taylor Hagood.

TypeNumberInstructorCourse TitleAdd to Cart
One-Time F1212 Taylor Hagood Hart Crane: Precarious Modernist Poet
Monday, December 12: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
4wk W342 Taylor Hagood Faulkner
Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22; March 1: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm