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Overview The glory, pride, horror, and cowardice that are associated with war are depicted in a classic account of a young soldier's Civil War experiences, in a new edition of the masterful novel, first published in 1895 and featuring an introduction by Alfred Kazin. Reissue.
Publishers Description First published in 1895, America's greatest novel of the Civil War was written before 21-year-old Stephen Crane had "smelled even the powder of a sham battle." But this powerful psychological study of a young soldier's struggle with the horrors, both within and without, that war strikes the reader with its undeniable realism and with its masterful descriptions of the moment-by-moment riot of emotions felt by me under fire. Ernest Hemingway called the novel an American classic, and Crane's genius is as much apparent in his sharp, colorful prose as in his ironic portrayal of an episode of war so intense, so immediate, so real that the terror of battle becomes our own ... in a masterpiece so unique that many believe modern American fiction began with Stephen Crane.
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Studio: Bantam Classics
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.06" Width: 4.12" Height: 0.44" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1981
Publisher Bantam Classics
Grade Level High School
Series Learning Language Arts Through Literature
ISBN 0553210114 ISBN13 9780553210118
Availability 0 units.
More About Stephen Crane
Stephen Crane (1871-1900) was active as a reporter around the world in addition to being an acclaimed novelist. Gary Scharnhorst is editor of American Literary Realism and editor in alternating years of the research annual American Literary Scholarship.
Stephen Crane lived in Newark, in the state of New Jersey. Stephen Crane was born in 1871 and died in 1900.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Red Badge of Courage?
The Red Badge of Courage Aug 25, 2007
I am very satisfied with the Book and it's condition. Excellent price. The order was processed quickly and delivered fast. I was kept informed of the Status of the order and shipment. Excellent Seller and smooth transaction.
The War in the Eyes of the Union Mar 28, 2007
The Red Badge of courage is a book that actually tells about how people felt about the Civil war.It tells of their family's discomfort of their decision. It is a book that tells a how a young soldeir fights in the war. Many die around this young boy as he goes through the heart of battle. The book has many exiting twists that mostly are not predictible from the start of the page. Will the young soldier die, or will he live? You will only know if you read the exiting story of Henry Flemming in The Red Badge of Courage.
Red Badge of Courage Jan 13, 2007
Got the book quickly - and in good shape - Thank you
The Red Badge of Manhood Jan 8, 2007
The Red Badge of Courage is a classic American novel about a boy, who is changed into a man during his experiences in the Civil War. The book does a good job of showing this progression from start to end. In the beginning the protagonist, Henry Fleming, is a scared, young, and inexperienced soldier, who fears that he will run from his first battle. However, at the end of the novel, Henry and his friend Wilson lead the regiment to victory over the rebels.
The thing that Crane does very well in his book is to make a very realistic environment. The story is set in the country, which has many forests, rivers, and fields. The soldiers in the story must overcome these obstacles as they fight the enemy. Also, Crane uses rural dialect to add more depth to conversations that the soldiers have amongst themselves. Flashbacks are used in this novel to recall experiences in Henry's past. For example, Henry has a flashback in the beginning chapter of the novel that tells readers why Henry has enlisted in the army.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good war novel, and is in high school, or older. However, even if you don't like war stories, you might still enjoy this book.
Black and Blue Badge Dec 21, 2006
Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage is considered an epic American novel. I for one, am not really sure why. It is OK, but compared to the best of Hemingway, Roth, Heller, etc. it is like comparing backyard badmitton with your nephew to the NFL.
What is most interesting is how literature has changed in 100+ years. Crane wrote this thing as a magazine serialization, which does not exist anymore to my knowledge. Red Badge is also full of wind-bag characters who never get to the point, and the ending is rather ambivalent. The protagonist does not really have a name, he is a coward, and there is no love interest except his mother, who only appears on the first 10 pages.
Other than that, this thing is OK. Crane was too young to have been in the Civil War, so to his credit he did impeccable and thorough research with veterans, mostly conducted in saloons. Crane personally was a disaster, his life was not much longer than this novel.
But seriously, read the Red Badge if you did not do so in high school. The descriptions of the battles, especially the confusion, chaos, inability to establish objectives, focus, or leadership, is not what is portrayed in John Wayne movies. The protagonist is very unsure about his future and his role in the war; this is a great theme that Crane did not develop fully in this tiny book. But there is great insight into why the men fought, what motivated them, and how they were inspired to take on impossible, dangerous, and mindless tasks.