The Red Badge of Courage (Classics Series) by Stephen Crane

The Red Badge of Courage (Classics Series) by Stephen Crane

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The title of Crane's original, 55,000-word manuscript was "Private Fleming/His various battles", but in order to create the sense of a less traditional Civil War narrative, he ultimately changed the title to The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War.[9] In early 1894, Crane submitted the manuscript to S. S. McClure, who held on to it for six

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The title of Crane's original, 55,000-word manuscript was "Private Fleming/His various battles", but in order to create the sense of a less traditional Civil War narrative, he ultimately changed the title to The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War.[9] In early 1894, Crane submitted the manuscript to S. S. McClure, who held on to it for six months without publication.[10] Frustrated, the author asked for the manuscript to be returned, after which he gave it to Irving Bacheller in October.[11] An abbreviated version of Crane's story was first serialized in The Philadelphia Press in December 1894. This version of the story—which was culled to 18,000 words by an editor specifically for the serialization—was reprinted in newspapers across America, establishing Crane's fame.[12] Crane biographer John Berryman wrote that the story was published in at least 200 small city dailies and approximately 550 weekly papers.[13] In October 1895, a version—which was 5,000 words shorter than the original manuscript—was printed in book form by D. Appleton & Company. This version of the novel differed greatly from Crane's original manuscript; the deletions were thought by some scholars to be due to demands by an Appleton employee who was afraid of public disapproval of the novel's content. Parts of the original manuscript removed from the 1895 version include all of the twelfth chapter, as well as the endings to chapters seven, ten and fifteen.

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ISBN-13:
2940012823410
Publisher:
Granto Classic Books
Publication date:
07/03/2011
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NOOK Book
File size:
169 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900) was an American novelist, short story writer, poet and journalist. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation.

The eighth surviving child of staunch Methodist Protestant parents, Crane began writing at the age of four and had published several articles by the age of 16. Having little interest in university studies, he left school in 1891 and began work as a reporter and writer. Crane's first novel was the 1893 Bowery tale Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, which critics generally consider the first work of American literary Naturalism. He won international acclaim for his 1895 Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, which he wrote without any battle experience

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The Red Badge of Courage (A Norton Critical Edition) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 193 reviews.
RyanF More than 1 year ago
This novel puts a great emphasis on it's protagonists thoughts and feelings throughout the battles which makes it easily readable and a great choice for literary essays. The work is an essential American classic and I would recommend it to any adult or teen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book while in cyber school and i have to say it was confusing at first but once i got the hang of the whole storyline it actually is a good book. Although it does have like some good parts, it does get confusing with all the thought details llike what the main character is thinking about..
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Reading historical fiction can make readers want to read more. To become interested. If you wanted to learn more about the Civil War A Red Badge Of Courage is one of the better books. A classic text with great action and crucial historical putting you in the shoes of a soldier. A young prospective soldier yet not knowing the impending doom of war. Henry Fleming anxious for the Civil War. Yet he doesn’t realize the gruesome effect of The war; so he cowers and goes away. Day after night, countless thoughts of the war, he knew he needed to go back to take action, to... get his red badge of courage. A Red Badge Of Courage does not only capture the epic battles, the action, the effects of the Civil War. It also evaluates the crucial facts of the Civil War to relive the past, The Civil War. An example is after a soldier dies they sing songs to block the sorrow. This small part in the book replicates soldier life and shows what they do in different moments. This book can also make you infer about the past. For an example soldiers were not not well educated; soldiers would talk as if they came from a foreign country. One time Henry said “ Well, yeh kin b’lieve me er not, jest as yeh like. I don’t care a hang.” Most free slaves have better grammar. We can infer that free slaves wanted to get educated because they simply were not allowed so made them more determined to get educated. On the other hand the language can be very irritating and hard to follow because it leads you nowhere. Also Henry would not stop whining, he was that three year old child at the park thats ice cream has fell. In conclusion this book has many positives and negative to keep in mind. Like I said before A Red Badge Of Courage is one of the better books even though you have to power through the irritating  language. Now you can see how this classic text can show you a life of a soldier and what it was like to be one; the great battles, the living spaces, and much more. In conclusion if you want a classic text with action and a very realistic tour of a soldiers life trapped in war, if so this is the book for you.
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JordanStormCloud More than 1 year ago
In the book, “Red Badge of Courage” Henry Fleming is in the union army. He runs away during a battle, “Field of War.” But after the battle he feels a shame for have leaving in the middle like that. So now he wants to redeem himself by getting injured in battle to get the badge, “Red Badge of Courage.” This book is enjoyable but it also helps you learn a little bit about the civil war. For example its shows how sacred most the soldiers were and it also showed qhat the battle field was like, and the camps, such as when people saw people at the camps. It also shows how people turned “crazy” after they were shot. if you're looking for a good historical fiction Red badge of courage would be the one because it is a good book but you may get a little confused during the storyline but overall you shows the life of soldiers and many more.
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If you want a book that you and the main character both can learn from, this is it..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story for an artistic mind...painters will instinctively be moved by it. I creates emotions in the reader that most will never come close to experiencing in their lifetime. Veterns of combat say its right on the experience. I do not know these emotions first hand...thanks to the sacrifice of my relatives who fought in the Civil War, WWll and Iraq.
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Lord in heaven, people, please stick to giving book reviews. There are so many other avenues to speak to each other. Facebook Twitter Blogs by the dozens. Please go there.
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Long and about war
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book as part of a school assaignment, and most books I'm given to read are somewhat good. But in this case, I couldn't enjoy this much. I ended up being lost in the language, and I've gotten through Shakesphere and the Oddysey without trouble. The book took me almost a month and a half to finish, and being only 100 pages long, that was pathetic. It took so long because I couldn't stay interested for more than 5-10 minutes at a time. If the book was an easier read, it might have been better. I really don't suggest you pick this book up unless you want to read a classic, or you want to challenge yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Just amazing. At first I thought this book was extremely boring, but after a Couple of chapters i was just sucked into the splendid detail and compelling vocabulary this book has that no other can even compare to. I give this a well deserved 5 stars. No other author can make such a genius novel as this one, that manages to make me laugh and cry and ponder how the characters feel all in one hour. This book has truelly touched my heart and makes me wonder why so many people havent read it. ~<3~ Emery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah, anyway, I thought SL's original thing was cruel, anyway.
Skeeter21 More than 1 year ago
Always wanted to read this book and now I'm glad I did. You are right in the middle of the front lines in combat during the Civil War. Very, very good.
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