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The Red Badge of Courage (Bantam Classics)


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ISBN13: 9780553210118
ISBN10: 0553210114
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First published in 1895, America's greatest novel  of the Civil War was written before 21-year-old  Stephen Crane had "smelled even the powder of a  sham battle." But this powerful psychological  study of a young soldier's struggle with the  horrors, both within and without, that war strikes the  reader with its undeniable realism and with its  masterful descriptions of the moment-by-moment riot  of emotions felt by me under fire. Ernest  Hemingway called the novel an American classic, and  Crane's genius is as much apparent in his sharp,  colorful prose as in his ironic portrayal of an episode  of war so intense, so immediate, so real that the  terror of battle becomes our own ... in a  masterpiece so unique that many believe modern American  fiction began with Stephen Crane.

About the Author

Stephen Crane was born in Newark, NJ in 1871, the son of a Methodist minister. Before he reached twenty-five, Crane had made his mark on the American literary scene by writing two major works: Maggie: a Girl of the Streets (1893) and The Red Badge of Courage (1895). He failed a theme-writing course in college at the same time he was writing articles for newspapers, among them the New York Herald Tribune. Maggie, drawn from firsthand observations in the slums of New York, was praised and condemned for its sordid realism. By contrast, The Red Badge of Courage, also praised for its realism, was drawn entirely from newspaper accounts and research, as Crane himself never went to war. Crane's adventurous spirit drove him to Cuba in 1896, providing the experience for his most famous short story, The Open Boat, a tale of sufferings endured by Crane and his three companions aboard a lifeboat after their ship sank. He traveled to Greece as a correspondent, and returned to Cuba to cover the Spanish-American war. At the age of twenty-eight, in failing health, he traveled from England to Germany to recuperate in the healing atmosphere of the Black Forest. While working on a humorous novel, The O'Ruddy, he died in Germany of tuberculosis in June of 1900.

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Patrick Fontaine, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by Patrick Fontaine)
This is an excellent simple book that helped start a new form of personalized, darker war novels. One of my favorites, great example of loss of innocence with war shown from the simple mind of a teenage boy.
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mgreiner1, May 19, 2011 (view all comments by mgreiner1)
As a mental health professional working with the military, I affirm that Crane did a wonderful job of capturing the thoughts and feelings of warriors. The book is pretty dense, as it condenses what would be years of experience into a period of less than two days.
I would strongly disagree with anyone who categorizes this book as children's literature, as there are some passages that would have given me nightmares as a child.
The book would be valuable reading for people considering enlisting to be a warrior (combat designation), for those who care about or for members of the military, and certainly for mental health providers serving the military.
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Kazin, Alfred
Kazin, Alfred
Crane, Stephen
Bantam Classics
New York
United states
Novels and novellas
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Fiction.
War & Military
Historical fiction
War stories
Literature-A to Z
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Bantam classic ed.
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Bibliography: p. 151.
Bantam Classics
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7.06x4.12x.44 in. .18 lbs.

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