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  • Published: 9 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780451531803
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $8.99

The Red Badge of Courage and Four Stories


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'THE OPEN BOAT,' 'THE BLUE HOTEL,' 'THE UPTURNED FACE,' AND 'THE BRIDE COMES TO YELLOW SKY'

The Red Badge of Courage takes us to a Civil War battlefield and into the mind of a soldier in a way that no author ever had before.  A pioneer in the realistic school of American fiction and the true forerunner of Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Crane probed the thoughts and actions of trapped of baited men fighting the destructive forces in nature, in other human beings, and in themselves.  Crane's masterpiece and the short stories in this volume showcase his outstanding talent for portraying the violent emotions underlying quiet tension, and they reveal the narrative skill of the author whom Carl Van Doren declared 'one of the clearest cases of genius in American fiction.'

This Signet Classics edition, published complete from the original manuscripts, includes and Introduction by James Dickey, whose own powerful accounts of wartime were greatly influenced by Crane.

With a New Afterword by Jeffrey Meyers

  • Pub date: 9 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780451531803
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $8.99

About the Author

Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane (1871–1900) was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of a Methodist minister and the daughter of a Methodist bishop. 'Stevie,' their fourteenth and last child, turned from his devout roots to a young manhood of pool, poker, and baseball. Following preparatory school at Claverack College, his formal, but hardly his real, education ended with one semester at Lafayette and one at Syracuse University.

Maggie, a Girl of the Streets appeared in 1893, part of it written at Syracuse, part in New York City's Bowery. Slum life and war attracted Crane imaginatively and then literally. The Red Badge of Courage (1895) made him famous before he ever saw any fighting. Active as a reporter in the West, Mexico, Greece, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, he eventually became involved romantically, and perhaps chivalrously, with Cora Howorth Stewart (Taylor), madame of the Hotel de Dream in Jacksonville, Florida.

Crane penultimately settled down with Cora Howorth Stewart (Taylor) in England in 1899, writing energetically to pay debts and alternately enjoying and feeling plagued by the company of visiting writers, among them Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and H. G. Wells.

He died on June 5, 1900, in Badenweiler, Germany, where he and Cora had sought relief for his tuberculosis. After his death Cora returned to her former profession in Jacksonville, opening a new house modelled, so the legend goes, along the lines of Brede Place, the medieval pile they had occupied in England.

Two volumes of poetry, The Black Riders and Other Lines (1895) and War Is Kind (1899); several volumes of later fiction, including some of his very best as well as some hasty and sentimental work; and an unfinished romance, The O'Ruddy (published in 1903 as completed by Robert Barr), form part of the ten-volume Works, edited by Fredson Bowers and published (1969–75) by the University Press of Virginia.

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