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Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Deaver Brown Publisher: Simply Magazine Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781614960096
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“A Dark Brown Dog” is an unexpected Stephen Crane jewel. Crane is best known for three short stories, “The Open Boat,” thought by many to be the best short story ever written; “The Blue Hotel;” and “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky.” Simply has recorded over 10 more stories that deserve to be right up there with the top three. As Simply says, this is not an NFL Power ranking, or a compare and contrast assignment. This is your opportunity to enjoy many of Crane’s other illuminating and moving works.

“A Dark Brown Dog” is the first cousin of Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, in being set in the rough, tough world of the New York Bowery of the late nineteenth century. The boy meets the dog and abuses his warmth and openness, the dog-like devotion so common to many dogs. Later one meets the father from whom the boy has picked up the anger and abusive behavior. However, the boy is not quite there yet and adopts the dog for his own; one feels this is the turning point in his life, and certainly will likely be the most memorable. They boy’s hope, as with Maggie, was dashed by an abusive parent. The dog is thrown out of the house by an abusive parent much like Maggie was. The results are similar. Both die. Crane not only writes the story but paints the canvas on which it occurs. A remarkable underappreciated effort by Mr. Crane.

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About the Author

Stephen Crane (1871–1900) was an American novelist, poet, and journalist. He worked as a reporter of slum life in New York and a highly paid war correspondent for newspaper tycoons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. He wrote many works of fiction, poems, and accounts of war, all well received but none as acclaimed as his 1895 Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. Today he is considered one of the most innovative American writers of the 1890s and one of the founders of literary realism.

About the Narrator

Deaver Brown is an author and entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, and his books include Crucial Conversations, Presidential Wisdom, George Washington: Farewell Address, and numerous others.