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Bowdoin Library Acquires Stephen Crane Collection

Story posted November 20, 2001

The Bowdoin College Library has acquired a collection of nearly 70 published works by and about American author Stephen Crane (1871-1900). The collection was donated by Charles F. Adams, a private collector.

A rare souvenir program from an 1895 literary society dinner celebrating the author is part of the acquisition. "I am very glad to know that . . . Mr. Crane is receiving recognition at a time in life when he can most enjoy it," wrote William Dean Howells in the program, published by Elbert Hubbard's famous Roycroft Printing Shop. This eccentric "Society of Philistines" program also includes eight of Crane's poems.

The collection contains 14 different editions of Crane's novel The Red Badge of Courage. The variety of editions reflects not only the popularity of that work over time, but also its appeal to a wide range of readers, with versions ranging from cheap paperbacks to exquisite limited editions.

First or early editions of most of Crane's works, numerous scholarly editions of his writings, bibliographies and biographies, and a host of collected works are also part of the acquisition. Adams's gift has elevated the library's collections to the level of supporting advanced Crane studies.

The collection is available for use in the library's Special Collections & Archives, third floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information call 725-3288, or go online to

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