This is a story that is very often assigned to high schoolers and such–and with good reason. I find the ending particularly powerful, as it seems Crane is making a distinctly poignant statement about man’s relationship with nature in a simple yet profound way. So, if you’re reading-lazy, you can mute the ballgame, press play, and listen to this American classic!

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Posted by Frank Marcopolos

Frank Marcopolos lives in Austin, Texas. Hiding from the ever-present Texas sun because of a well-founded fear of skin cancer, he writes short stories and novels that have been praised by some readers, while others have been, like, "Meh." He also produces free audiobooks of public domain works on his YouTube channel. You can subscribe to that here: http://youtube.com/brooklynfrank