Crane, John K. (1942-2016)

Crane, John K. (1942-2016)

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Dean, College of Humanities and the Arts

Academic Rank

Professor and Dean

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

The Pennsylvania State University, 1966 Ph.D

St. Louis University, 1964 A.M.

St. Louis University, 1963 A.B.

Teaching Experience

United States Air Force Academy, 1966-1970

University of Washington (Visiting Professor),1970-1970

University of Southern California, 1970-1971

The Pennsylvania State University, 1971-1985

Oklahoma State University (Head), 1985-1988

Administrative and Professional Experience

San José State University (Dean),1988-1998


Writing Consultant

Selected Publications

T. H. White: A Critical Biography 1974

The Legacy of Ladysmith (Novel) Book-of-the-Month Club Featured Selection 1986, 1987, 1988

The Root of All Evil in the Novels of William Styron (Criticism) A Best Academic Book of the Year 1987

The Yoknapatawpha Chronical of Gavin Stevens (Criticism) 1988

The Last Great Superpower (Novel) 2007

Growing Up as a Baby Boomer (Short Story Collection) 2009

Personal Commentary

In Santa Fe I run a copywriting service called ELDORADO WRITING. My most prominent client is Valerie Plame Wilson.

I have also written an illustrated historical novel, The Secrets of North Brother Island, about the 1904 GENERAL SLOCUM disaster, the biggest American tragedy before September 11, 2001. (It has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.) Website for this novel is

Date Completed:May 13, 2010


Crane, John K. (1942-2016)