Document Type

Article

Date

Fall 1992

Embargo Period

7-25-2011

Keywords

Stephen Crane, Pennington Seminary

Language

English

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Description/Abstract

BEFORE HIS ONE-YEAR STINT as a college student-first at Lafayette College (September to December 1890), then at Syracuse University (January to June 1891) Stephen Crane attended two coeducational preparatory schools with strong Methodist ties: Pennington Seminary (September 1885 to December 1887), and Claverack College and Hudson River Institute (January 1888 to June 1890). Both schools were to play key roles in young Crane's literary, cultural, and intellectual life. The new evidence offered in this essay corrects long-held positions regarding why Stephen left Pennington for Claverack and the "diminished" reputation of Claverack as a preparatory school.

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