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Vendor: Sayre Street Books
Publication Date: 2015
The Red Badge of Courage is the fictionalized account of a Union soldier's life in the American Civil War. It recounts the experiences of lowly private Henry Fleming, who dreams of honour won on the battlefield. His illusions are undone however, when he comes face to face with the horrors of war. Stephen Crane's classic is, with the possible exception of Gone With the Wind, the best-known of all civil war novels.
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American author Stephen Crane began writing early in life, and was already a published author by the age of sixteen. Among Crane's best known works are Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, which is considered to be the first literary work in the early American tradition of Naturalism, a literary movement marked by detailed realism and the acknowledgement of social conditions of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and The Red Badge of Courage, which was influenced by his own experiences in military school and personal contact with Civil-War veterans. Crane died in 1900 at the age twenty-eight of tuberculosis, but had a significant and lasting impact on twentieth-century literature, influencing early modernist writers such as Ernest Hemingway.