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The Red Badge of Courage (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

The Red Badge of Courage (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

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The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel that takes place during the American Civil War, about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound—a "red badge of courage"—to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the
enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer.

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The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel that takes place during the American Civil War, about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound—a "red badge of courage"—to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the
enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer.
Although Crane was born after the war, and had not at the time experienced
battle first-hand, the novel is known for its realism. He began writing what would become his second novel in 1893, using various contemporary and written accounts (such as those published previously by Century Magazine) as inspiration. It is believed that he based the fictional battle on that of Chancellorsville; he may also have interviewed veterans of the 124th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, commonly known as the Orange Blossoms.

Initially shortened and serialized in newspapers in December 1894, the novel was published in full in October 1895.
The novel is known for its distinctive style, which includes realistic battle sequences as well as the repeated use of color imagery, and ironic tone. Separating itself from a traditional war narrative, Crane's story reflects the inner experience of its protagonist—a soldier fleeing from combat—rather than the external world around him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015818918
Publisher:
Revenant
Publication date:
11/27/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
320 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen Crane (1871 – 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.
At the time of his death, Crane had become an important figure in American literature. He was nearly forgotten, however, until two decades later when critics revived interest in his life and work. Stylistically, Crane's writing is characterized by vivid intensity, distinctive dialects, and irony. Common themes involve fear, spiritual crises and social isolation.

Although recognized primarily for The Red Badge of Courage, which has become an American classic, Crane is also known for short stories such as "The Open Boat", "The Blue Hotel", "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky", and The Monster.

His writing made a deep impression on 20th century writers, most prominent
among them Ernest Hemingway, and is thought to have inspired the Modernists
and the Imagists.

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