A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Lance Crapo Character Analysis

Someone who Eggers and Moodie “recruit” to help develop Might magazine’s business plan. Lance is “an heir to one of the biggest potato-farming families in Idaho” and knows how to handle “the magazine’s business aspects.” He even finds a young woman named Skye Bassett to help the magazine by “running around New York” taking meetings.
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Lance Crapo Character Timeline in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

The timeline below shows where the character Lance Crapo appears in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
Coming of Age, Parenthood, and Responsibility Theme Icon
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...and Marny and Moodie both seem to be perpetually sick. Eggers find a person named Lance Crapo to handle the business side of the publication, and they also find an overzealous... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...the other Might editors continue working on the cover story about Adam Rich’s death. Meanwhile, Lance recruits a young actress named Skye Basset to represent the magazine in New York by... (full context)
Chapter 11
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In recent months, Eggers has tried half-heartedly to secure funding for Might. Lance even set up meetings for him and Moodie with rich people. When they spoke to... (full context)
Death, Humor, and the Worst-Case Scenario Theme Icon
...they recently got word that Skye Bassett has died. After a trip to New York, Lance nervously paced in the office until people started to look at him. “Skye died,” he... (full context)