Red Badge Of Courage

Red Badge Of Courage

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Stephen Crane was born November 1, 1871 in Newark New Jersey. He was the eight surviving child out of fourteen. Incredibly he began writing at the age of four and was published several times by the age of sixteen. He only began full time school when he was nine but quickly mastered the grades needed and moved forward. Although educated at Lafayette and Syracuse he had little interest in completing university and was keen to move on to a career declaring college to be "a waste of time". By twenty he was a reporter and two years later he published his first book Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets. In literary circles this is held up as the first work in American literary Naturalism. Two years later in 1895 he was the subject of worldwide acclaim for his Civil War novel, written without the benefit of any actual war experiences, The Red Badge Of Courage which we publish here. It was indeed a masterpiece and his finest hour. A year later whilst researching he became embroiled in a scandal which was to doom the young writers career. In attempting to help a suspected prostitute being falsely charged by a policeman he in essence became the target and life became increasingly difficult for him. Later the same year en route to Cuba as a War Correspondent he met hotel madam Cora Taylor in Jacksonville Florida. This was to become the defining relationship of his life. Somewhere between Florida and Cuba his ship sank and he was cast adrift for several days. Rescued he continued to cover conflicts as far away as Greece. For a time he lived in England with Cora, usually beyond their means, taking up friendships with writers such as HG Wells and Joseph Conrad. In declining health and beset by money problems, Stephen Crane died of tuberculosis, aged 28 on June 5, 1900, at Badenweiler, Germany. He is buried in New Jersey He was a great talent who could, had he lived, delivered so much more.
Publisher: [United States] : A Word To The Wise : Made available through hoopla, 2014
ISBN: 9781783943562
1783943564
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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HujeBohoc
Sep 21, 2017

What I liked about this novel is that, instead of focussing on military battles, it describes the array of feelings that a young soldier goes through in a war: excitement, boredom, fear, shame. It is only when the main character is forced to fight in order to survive that he stops having feelings (in other words, that he stops being a human) and becomes a killing machine. And this is what horrifies Stephen Crane about war.

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mccannxgrande
Jun 24, 2016

This book was awful.

Kdmullerspy Jun 20, 2014

It was okay, but a little slow. It kept me interested, though.

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Doctor_10101
Jan 15, 2014

Loved it! The storytelling drew me in and had me reading till the end. Crane did a masterful job.

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andrewgraphics
Sep 02, 2012

A deeply psychological novel of a young man who decides to fight in the Civil War, it follows his thoughts as he is filled, in turns, with patriotism, doubt, fear, shame, cowardice, and heroism.
I wasn't quite ready for such a thought-filled story, expecting more of a narrative; it was not only quite engaging but also at times humorous and quite insightful.

An interesting trick Crane pulled was not using the main character's name throughout most of the book (since the first couple of chapters? something that's hard to go back and check with an audio book), but instead identified him as "the youth" or some such. Helped create more of an Everyman the reader (or listener) could identify with, no matter which side you might have rooted for.

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ilikeitrainy
Jul 06, 2012

I would recommend READING vs. LISTENING TO this book. I felt like a lot of thematic elements and the beauty of the language itself was lost in the reading. It was tough to pay attention to this particular reader.

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Chris_R
Nov 30, 2010

Excellent and quick read.

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kwsmith
Mar 11, 2010

Through highly vivid and visual prose, this novel provides a first-person description of a cruel American Civil War battle. Much of the story describes how the difficult battle affects the mental state of a young recruit on the front lines. In particular, the young hero vacilates between wanting to fight and wanting to flee.

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Blue_Cat_48
Nov 12, 2015

Blue_Cat_48 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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SPL_STARR Jun 15, 2015

"The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting."

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