- Active Service (1899), a novella based on Stephen Crane's war correspondence experience, was published to mixed reviews. The New York Times reviewer in particular questioned "whether the author of 'Active Service' himself really sees anything remarkable in his newspapery hero. Crane's second to last novel, Active Service, revolves around the Greco-Turkish War of 1897. Although noted for its satirical take on the melodramatic and highly passionate works that were popular of the nineteenth century, the novel was not successful. It is generally accepted by critics that Crane's work suffered at this point due to the speed which he wrote in order to meet high expenses.