This comprehensive volume of Crane's work includes the first published editions of The Red Badge of Courage and Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, both of which were considerably toned down in subsequent editions for a genteel 1890s reading public. This volume also presents his short fiction, as well as a wealth of supplementary material, including historical and cultural contexts, essays on urban life and reform in the late 19th century (to accompany Maggie), Civil War backgrounds (to accompany The Red Badge of Courage), and Spanish-American War backgrounds (to accompany Crane's short writings on the subject).
Paul Lauter is the Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College. He has served as president of the American Studies Association and is a major figure in the revision of the American literary canon.
I. The Intellectual and Material World of Stephen Crane The Historical and Cultural Contexts of Stephen Crane Herbert Spencer, from First Principles Andrew Carnegie, "The Gospel of Wealth" Terence V. Powderly, from Thirty Years of Labor: 1859-1889 Samuel Gompers, from Seventy Years of Life and Labor: An Autobiography Nathaniel Southgate Shaler, from Nature and Man in America Henry Cabot Lodge, "The Restriction of Immigration" W.E.B. Du Bois, "Strivings of the Negro People" Ida B. Wells-Barnett, from A Red Record William Dean Howells, "The Editor's Study" Hamlin Garland, "Stephen Crane" II. Maggie's World Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, A Story of New York "An Experiment in Misery" "The Men in the Storm" Urban Life and Reform in the Late Nineteenth Century Mrs. M.H. Crane, "Change of Base" Jacob A. Riis, from How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York Jane Addams, from The Spirit of Youth Theodore Dreiser, The Bowery Mission Theodore Roosevelt, "How Not to Help Our Poorer Brothers" III. Imagining the Civil War The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of War "A Mystery of Heroism" "The Veteran" "An Episode of War" The Civil War Remembered John L. Collins, from Battles and Leaders of the Civil War "When Stonewall Jackson Turned Our Right" Samuel P. Bates, from Battles and Leaders of the Civil War "Hooker's Comments on Chancellorsville" John William DeForest, from Miss Ravenel's Conversion from Secession to Loyalty Ambrose Bierce, "Killed at Resaca" Mark Twain, "The Private History of a Campaign That Failed" IV. "The Open Boat" and Other Writings of the Spanish-American War "Stephen Crane's Own Story" "The Open Boat" "Stephen Crane's Vivid Story of the Battle of San Juan" "Marines Signalling under Fire at Guantanamo" "The Monster" "The Upturned Face" Approaching the American Century Theodore Roosevelt, "The Strenuous Life" Henry Cabot Lodge, from The War with Spain Mark Twain, from "To the Person Sitting in Darkness" Jose Marti, To Manuel Mercado Richard Harding Davis, "Our War Correspondents in Cuba and Purerto Rico" Richard Harding Davis, "How Stephen Crane Took Juana Diaz" Frank Norris, from "News Gathering at Key West"