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Cora Crane

Adventuress of the Victorian Era
Born Jul 12, 1865

Cora Crane was a Victorian adventuress, the wife of Sir Captain Donald William Stewart, one of the key figures in the War of the Golden Stool of the Ashanti, an American writer, journalist, and brothel owner. She was also the common-law wife of the writer Stephen Crane until his death in 1900.… Read More

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  • Books Of The Times; Stephen Crane, Making Real A War He Never Fought
    NYTimes - Aug 18, 1998
  • Books Of The Times; How Stephen Crane Made His Life Imitate His Art
    NYTimes - Sep 02, 1992
  • Scribbling In Sussex
    NYTimes - Nov 23, 1986
  • Stephen Crane Papers Acquired By University
    NYTimes - Jul 27, 1985


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Cora Crane.


1865 Birth Cora Ethel Eaton Howarth was born July 12, 1865 in Boston, Massachusetts to John Howarth and Elizabeth Holder. … Read More
1874 9 Years Old Cora liked England, where she cut a social swath after the fashion of fellow American Jennie Jerome, who had married Lord Randolph Churchill in 1874. … Read More


1896 31 Years Old …  Cora, whose legal name was Lady Stewart, met Crane in 1896, and soon became his lover. … Read More
1900 35 Years Old …  She was married to Captain Donald William Stewart, one of the key figures in the War of the Golden Stool between the British and the Ashanti, but she is best known as the common-law wife of writer Stephen Crane until his death in 1900.
1901 36 Years Old Cora returned to Jacksonville in 1901 while the City was still in ruins following the Great Fire. … Read More


1905 40 Years Old On June 1, 1905, Cora married Hammond P. McNeill, the 25-year-old son of a prominent South Carolina family, and an employee of Cora's as the manager of The Annex, a bar she partially owned at the Everett Hotel. … Read More
1910 45 Years Old For the last three years of her life, she spent much of her time in Pablo Beach, Florida (now Jacksonville Beach), but she maintained a home in the city of Jacksonville. She suffered a stroke after helping push a stranded car out of the sand, went back to her house and died there on September 5, 1910 aged 45. … Read More
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