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THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE follows the experiences of 19-year-old Henry Fleming, a recruit in the American Civil War. Fleming overcomes initial fears and shame for his cowardice through strength of will, determination, and effort. He eventually masters his shortcomings and becomes a hero on the battlefield.
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About the Author
Stephen Crane (1871-1900) was an American realist writer and journalist. He began writing at the age of four, and after leaving school at the age of twenty, began a short career as a journalist and writer. He wrote THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE in 1895 but did not experience war first-hand until he covered the Spanish-American War in 1898. Crane died of tuberculosis at the age of 28 in 1900.