Hart Crane (Hart Crane)

Hart Crane

Poet. He understood that he was a homosexual after an affair in 1919 in Akron, Ohio, where he was employed as a clerk in one of his father’s candy stores. In the spring of 1924, he met Emil Opffer, a ship’s purser. With him, an emotional relationship developed in which Crane was intensely engaged. (The six poems entitled Voyages were fashioned as an extraordinary souvenir of their temporary union). He is remembered for his books “The Bridge,” “Black Tambourine,” “Chaplinesque,” “Episode of Hands” and “The River.” He died at the age of 32, but he seemed to be older. He committed suicide while returning from Mexico, leaping from the deck of S.S. Orizaba, somewhere off the Florida Coast. Some witnesses reported that he shouted “Goodbye, everybody” before leaping over the rail. His body was never recovered. There is a cenotaph for him at his father’s gravesite in Garrettsville’s Park Cemetery. (bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni)  Family links:  Parents:  Clarence A. Crane (1875 – 1931)


  • July, 21, 1899
  • USA


  • January, 01, 1970
  • Sea


  • Park Cemetery
  • Ohio
  • USA

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