Stephen Crane's best-known work remains singularly powerful more than a century after publication, a remarkably vivid acid-trip-like ride told in a grippingly naturalistic way. The product of a man in his mid-20s who had never been closer to war than military school and veteran's parades, "Red Badge Of Courage" captures both the lulls and terrors of combat as experienced in the Civil War. Henry Fleming is a young man newly recruited to the Union cause. When his regiment, the … more
This work is on most standard High School reading lists, as well as it should be. I first read this one over 45 years ago, and still take if off the shelf every so often and give it a reread. The author's prose is wonderful. The story is well defined. It is an excellent example of what good writing should be. The feelings the author conveys are absolutely astounding, particuarly when you know that King never expierenced war, first hand, himself. That being said, and I do not mean this in a demeaning … more
Like the Carroll volume above, this edition of the seasoned veteran provides a new twist. Crane's Badge was originally serialized in the New York Press in 1894, a year before the story was published in novel form. This volume offers both the slightly different serial version and the finished work. Though every library no doubt has numerous copies of Red Badge, academic and public libraries supporting American literature curricula should pop for this one, too, especially at the price. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to thePaperbackedition.