an American novelist, short story writer, poet and journalist. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation.
The eighth surviving child of Methodist ...
A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
Behold, the grave of a wicked man,
And near it, a stern spirit.
There came a drooping maid with violets,