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- DescriptionThe Red Badge of Courage tells the story of Henry, often referred to as the Youth, and his transformation over the course of a few days. Considering that Stephen Crane never fought in a war, his reflections on the the way battles can change a person are truly insightful, and at times even breath-taking. Crane also had a talent for describing the world around Henry, which allows the reader to feel as if they are in the vel. The book is quite short, but Crane does a great job developing Henry's character. As Henry goes from scared, to terrified, to arrogant, and eventually humble, readers will find themselves actively liking and disliking him throughout his transformations. Crane uses some literary devices that are particularly enjoyable, and which make the vel poetic at times. First, almost all of the characters have both a name and a character description. For example, Henry is the Youth, he has a friend the loud youngster and so on for all the main characters. This reinforces the idea that this is t just a book about a particular person or group of people, but about people in general. The second device is the way Crane uses common themes. So, the word red is used as an adjective of the vel, just as it is in the title. Or, ather example, Henry is walking through the woods that remind him of a chapel: from that moment there is a chorus, steeple, etc., used as adjectives and metaphors for the next few pages. Crane's writing is truly poetic--even superb. The themes are deep. The descriptions of battles are uncanny, as the book draws you in so deeply, you almost feel like you are fighting (or running) along side of Henry.
- Author BiographyStephen Crane (1871-1900) was an American novelist, short story writer, poet and journalist. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation. The eighth surviving child of Methodist Protestant parents, Crane began writing at the age of four and had published several articles by the age of 16. Having little interest in university studies, he left school in 1891 and began work as a reporter and writer. Crane's first novel was the 1893 Bowery tale Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, which critics generally consider the first work of American literary Naturalism. He won international acclaim for his 1895 Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, which he wrote without any battle experience. In 1896, Crane endured a highly publicized scandal after acting as witness for a suspected prostitute. Late that year he accepted an offer to cover the Spanish-American War as a war correspondent. As he waited in Jacksonville, Florida for passage to Cuba, he met Cora Taylor, the madam of a brothel, with whom he would have a lasting relationship. While en route to Cuba, Crane's ship sank off the coast of Florida, leaving him adrift for several days in a dinghy. His ordeal was later described in The Open Boat. During the final years of his life, he covered conflicts in Greece and lived in England with Cora, where he befriended writers such as Joseph Conrad and H. G. Wells. Plagued by financial difficulties and ill health, Crane died of tuberculosis in a Black Forest sanatorium at the age of 28. At the time of his death, Crane had become an important figure in American literature. He was nearly forgotten, however, until two decades later when critics revived interest in his life and work. Stylistically, Crane's writing is characterized by vivid intensity, distinctive dialects, and irony. Common themes involve fear, spiritual crises and social isolation. Although recognized primarily for The Red Badge of Courage, which has become an American classic, Crane is also known for short stories such as The Open Boat, The Blue Hotel, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, and The Monster. His writing made a deep impression on 20th century writers, most prominent among them Ernest Hemingway, and is thought to have inspired the Modernists and the Imagists.
- Author(s)Stephen Crane
- Date of Publication03/01/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectWar Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight154 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine6 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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