"The Open Boat" is a short story by American author Stephen Crane.
First published in 1897, it was based on Crane's experience of having
survived a shipwreck off the coast of Florida earlier that year while
traveling to Cuba to work as a newspaper correspondent. Crane was
stranded at sea for thirty hours when his ship, the SS Commodore, sank
after hitting a sandbar. He and three other men were forced to navigate
their way to shore in a small boat; one of the men, an oiler named
Billie Higgins, drowned. Crane subsequently adapted his report into
narrative form, and the short story "The Open Boat" was published in
Scribner's Magazine. The story is told from the point of view of an
anonymous correspondent, Crane's fictional doppelgänger, and the action
closely resembles the author's experiences after the shipwreck. A
volume titled The Open Boat and Other Tales of Adventure was published
in the United States in 1898. Praised for its innovation by
contemporary critics, the story is considered an exemplary work of
literary Naturalism. One of the most frequently discussed works in
Crane's canon, it is notable for its use of imagery, irony, symbolism,
and exploration of themes including survival, solidarity, and the
conflict between man and nature. H. G. Wells considered "The Open Boat"
to be "beyond all question, the crown of all [Crane's] work".
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