The Red Badge of Courage

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The Red Badge of Courage

By Stephen Crane; Robert Stone (Introduction by)

Library of America, Paperback, 9781598530612, 143pp.

Publication Date: December 31, 2009

""The Red Badge of Courage" is the definitive fiction of the conflict that stands as the central trauma in American history." -- Larzer Ziff
Before his untimely death at the age of 28, Stephen Crane produced the most innovative writing of his generation. Begun when he was just 21, "The Red Badge of Courage" is the powerful story of a young Union soldier under fire for the first time. It remains our greatest novel of the Civil War, and a major contribution to the literature of war in English. With its publication, American fiction entered the modern age.
For almost thirty years, The Library of America has presented America's best and most significant writing in acclaimed hardcover editions. Now, a new series, Library of America Paperback Classics, offers attractive and affordable books that bring The Library of America's authoritative texts within easy reach of every reader. Each book features an introductory essay by one of a leading writer, as well as a detailed chronology of the author's life and career, an essay on the choice and history of the text, and notes.
The contents of this Paperback Classic are drawn from "Stephen Crane: Prose and Poetry," volume number 18 in the Library of America series. That volume also includes "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, George's Mother, The Third Violet, The Monster," war correspondence and journalism, and collected and uncollected poetry.

About the Author
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.

Since 1991, Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books. He is a Los Angeles Times Best Selling Author, an award-winning author of Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers, and an award-winning author of the Outdoor Writers Association of California. Robert has hiked every trail in the Day Hike Book series. He resides summers in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and winters on the California Central Coast.