Similarly, Greenhaven Press's title from their Literary Companion series offers in-depth analysis and criticism of the elements of Crane's major works including The Red Badge of Courage, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, and The Open Boat. The criticism allows readers to see the works from different perspectives and also highlights particular themes, such as Crane's view of women. A section on Crane's poetry is also included. An introduction and chronology summarize Crane's life and writing career, and the notes offer suggestions for more reading. Both books are excellent additions to all secondary school and public library collections. Any reader needing to analyze and understand Stephen Crane's works wo
VOYA - Marilyn BrienWow! Where were these books when I was in high school? Better yet, where were these books last year when my reading group read The Red Badge of Courage? Greenwood subtitles its latest entry in the Literature in Context series as a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents for Stephen Crane's classic. What follows is a solid literary analysis of the novel, along with a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the major elements of the novel's plot. Detailed information on the novel's setting within the Civil War, along with photos, is provided. The concept of desertion and cowardice as an issue in the novel is presented, and details of everyday life in the war camp and battlefield are also included. Finally, there is discussion of the story as an antiwar novel. All these important factors are explained for the readers. There is no tease, for example, indicating the symbolism of the book; instead, how the symbolism, setting, and plot work within the novel is clearly explained. In addition each section ends with a list of topics for oral and written presentations. This is a complete study guide that will be well used by teachers, students, and book group leaders. A notes section lists the primary sources for the text and also suggestions for further reading.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 9 UpA collection of essays, each an average of five pages long, chosen specifically for YA audiences. The volume begins with a short biography of Crane that includes insight into how his most famous book was researched. The selections are divided into four chapters: the themes and styles in the author's work in general; analysis of The Red Badge of Courage; the short story "The Open Boat"; and other works, namely Maggie, a Girl of the Streets and Crane's poetry. The essays, which span the century, are written by established scholars and such well-known literary figures as H. G. Wells and Willa Cather. Each essay is introduced by a paragraph that summarizes its main idea and lists the credentials of the author. A detailed index completes this useful volume.Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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