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The Third Violet   By: (1871-1900)

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In Stephen Crane’s novel, The Third Violet, readers are transported to the tumultuous streets of late 19th century New York City. The author, known for his works such as The Red Badge of Courage, presents a lesser-known piece that explores the intricacies of romantic relationships, societal expectations, and the pursuit of artistic endeavors.

The story revolves around the protagonist, Henry Calverly, a struggling art student who dreams of becoming a great painter. Calverly finds himself entangled in a love triangle involving two women: Miss Inclan, his former lover, and Miss Laura Romeyn, the titular “Third Violet” who has recently entered his life. Crane masterfully weaves complex emotions and desires into the narrative, offering a captivating exploration of interpersonal relationships.

What sets Crane’s novel apart is his vivid depiction of the New York City landscape. Through his keen observations, the author paints a living, breathing city that serves as a backdrop for the characters' lives. From the filthy tenements to the bustling artist’s studios, the setting becomes an integral part of the story, reflecting the often harsh and unforgiving nature of the characters' circumstances.

Crane’s writing style is one of simplicity and elegance. His prose flawlessly captures the emotions and inner conflicts that plague Calverly as he navigates the complexities of love, ambition, and societal pressure. Each sentence is meticulously crafted, creating a seamless flow throughout the novel. The author’s ability to convey the characters' thoughts and feelings with subtlety and precision is a testament to his literary prowess.

While The Third Violet unfolds with an engaging plot and well-drawn characters, it does suffer from occasional sluggishness. Some sections of the novel feel slightly drawn-out, dragging the pacing of the story. However, Crane’s strengths in character development and his ability to evoke a strong sense of time and place more than compensate for these brief lulls.

Ultimately, The Third Violet stands as a compelling exploration of human nature, artistic ambition, and the choices individuals make when faced with complicated relationships. Through Crane’s remarkable prose, readers are provided a nuanced and authentic glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of the characters. Though not as widely known as some of his other works, this novel is a worthy addition to Stephen Crane's literary legacy.

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Author of The Red Badge of Courage, The Little Regiment, and Maggie

New York D. Appleton and Company 1897

Copyright, 1897, by D. Appleton and Company. Copyright, 1896, by Stephen Crane.



The engine bellowed its way up the slanting, winding valley. Grey crags, and trees with roots fastened cleverly to the steeps looked down at the struggles of the black monster.

When the train finally released its passengers they burst forth with the enthusiasm of escaping convicts. A great bustle ensued on the platform of the little mountain station. The idlers and philosophers from the village were present to examine the consignment of people from the city. These latter, loaded with bundles and children, thronged at the stage drivers. The stage drivers thronged at the people from the city.

Hawker, with his clothes case, his paint box, his easel, climbed awkwardly down the steps of the car. The easel swung uncontrolled and knocked against the head of a little boy who was disembarking backward with fine caution. "Hello, little man," said Hawker, "did it hurt?" The child regarded him in silence and with sudden interest, as if Hawker had called his attention to a phenomenon... Continue reading book >>

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