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 is a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and NCAA baseball player turned literary fiction author and audiobook narrator. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, he now lives in Texas. He produces free audiobooks of public domain works on his YouTube channel. Subscribe here: http://youtube.com/brooklynfrank