The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories

The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories

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~The Red Badge of Courage," written in 1895 by Stephen Crane (1871-1900), is considered by many literary critics to be one of the greatest of all American novels. This is a book about the Civil War, and one Union soldier's struggle with his inner demons as he prepares for, and fights his first battle.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 134 x 198 x 13mm | 208g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0143039350
  • 9780143039358
  • 117,023

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In 1895 Stephen Crane achieved early fame with his powerful, enigmatic portrayal of a raw recruit's experience of war, The Red Badge of Courage. Although Crane had never experienced battle, he wrote with rare insight and immediacy of his young protagonist's fluctuating emotions, in a style that had a profound influence on American fiction. This selection includes the 1896 coda to the story, 'The Veteran', and the best of Crane's other fiction: the impressionist masterpiece 'The Open Boat'; The Monster, perhaps the most complex and disturbing of all Crane's works; and 'The Blue Hotel; his greatest western story. This edition explores Crane's work from a fresh critical perspective and introduces new research on the imaginative relationship between Crane's novel and the Civil War.
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Review quote

The Red Badge of Courage has long been considered the first great ?modern? novel of war by an American (Alfred Kazin)
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About Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane (1871-1900), American novelist, poet, and short-story writer, best known for his novels Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893) and The Red Badge of Courage (1895) and the short stories "The Open Boat," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," and "The Blue Hotel."
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1,317 ratings
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4 26% (339)
3 36% (479)
2 14% (183)
1 7% (94)
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