Synopses & Reviews
Young Henry Fleming had always dreamed of performing heroic deedsin battle. But as a raw recruit in the Civil War, Henry experiences fear and self-doubt. Will war make him a coward, or a hero? Artist Wayne Vansant faithfully illustrates Stephen Crane's action-packed tour de force.
"This 1895 tale of young soldier Henry Fleming's initial experiences in combat during the Civil War still startles. Artist Vansant captures Fleming's uncertainty and fear quite well, sometimes through effectively understated facial expressions. Yet this adaptation oversimplifies Crane's portrayal of Fleming, ignoring or de-emphasizing the character's other failings: his egotism, his talent for self-justification and the 'wild battle madness' underlying much of his later heroism. In Crane's book, Fleming is haunted by his desertion of the dying 'tattered man'; in Vansant's version, Fleming forgets him. Though Crane's book is a landmark in realism, the author's symbolic writing turned Fleming's battlefield into a mythic realm. Vansant's conventionally realistic artwork, on the other hand, is more prosaic than Crane's brilliantly descriptive captions. This adaptation faithfully introduces the plot, characters and primary themes of Red Badge to readers unfamiliar with the original book without penetrating the full depths of Crane's masterwork." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Stephen Crane (1871–1900) was active as a reporter around the world in addition to being an acclaimed novelist.