Newly Discovered Writings of Mary Helen Peck Crane and Agnes Elizabeth Crane

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Sorrentino, Paul
Syracuse University Special Collections; Schoberlin collection; Stephen Crane; manuscripts; American Literature; History; United States History; Women's History
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Although several members of Stephen Crane's immediate family were writers, scholars know little about their work. Thomas A. Gullasonpublished writings by Crane's parents and brother Jonathan Townley, but other items remain to be studied and possibly printed. Fortunately, Melvin H. Schoberlin preserved holographs and transcripts of documents by Crane's sister, Agnes, and mother, Mary Helen, that further reveal the family's interest in writing. Because the transcripts, which Schoberlin copied from materials once owned by Crane's niece Edith, are unique to the Schoberlin Collection, researchers cannot verify their accuracy. As scholars examine the Collection, though, they will find that he worked meticulously and discovered independently much of the biographical material and many of the Crane stories and articles that have surfaced during the past thirty-five or so years.