UPDATE: see the better “Mr. Crane’s Vivid Story”: New and Improved
While Mr. Crane’s Vivid Story is our contribution, the underlying motivation is to encourage, inspire, or nudge you into contributing your own work. Talker is open to all genres, written or visual.
The screenplay is based upon research for my dissertation The Rhetorical war: Class, race and redemption in Spanish-American War fiction: Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Richared Harding Davis and Sutton Griggs which focuses on novelists Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Richard Harding Davis, and Theodore Roosevelt (all in Cuba in 1898), as well as the African-American Sutton Griggs’ novel Imperium in Imperio (1899) that can be read as an alternative history. (see more at end)
The form is admittedly hybrid — with accompanying perils and pitfalls — as the text is punctuated with pictorial, historical and literary background. The promise is to take what can be a dry subject on the academic page and breath into it life. (War, love, sex, art. All that stuff.)
As for the modest appraisal, I am all too aware of Mr. Crane’s limitations. As such, I gladly welcome all feedback: good, bad or indifferent. And would pay for editorial advice. A few years ago, my friend Stephen Shapiro kindly gave me a screenwriter’s guide. While still unused to my discredit, it may become a bible if the project progresses.
As for the multiple errors (which are being corrected) and the hurried prose. You see, in the Dickensian tradition, the screenplay has been serialized. There has been such a public outcry for its completion — the audience on bated breath as to what will happen next! — along the way, time pressures did not allow the smoothing out of all jagged edges.
As for the origins of Mr. Crane’s Vivid Story, after reflecting on Spanish-American War monuments in Rochester and the Buffalo Soldiers on Veteran’s Day I retrieved the first 8 scenes of the screenplay written about 13 years ago in Rhode Island. And somehow summoned the will to complete. It’s never to late. So dust of your own unfinished novel.
Finally, dear readers, one modest request. Please don’t read it on your phone. Just doesn’t work well on that tiny screen. Most scenes read quickly, especially the early ones. (But don’t rush!)
NOTE: Because of serialization, each scene contains links to previous scenes with accompanying pictures. So please just keep scrolling down.
AND, as for what is real and what is invented, you’ll have to google.
UDPATE: SEE Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism to reprint “Imperium in Imperio: Sutton Griggs’s Imagined War of 1898”
also see from War, Literature and the Arts