The Red Badge of Courage
First published in 1895, America's greatest novel of the Civil War was written before 21-year-old Stephen Crane had "smelled even the powder of a sham battle." But this powerful psychological study of a young soldier's struggle with the horrors, both within and without, that war strikes the reader with its undeniable realism and with its masterful descriptions of the moment-by-moment riot of emotions felt by me under fire. Ernest Hemingway called the novel an American classic, and Crane's genius is as much apparent in his sharp, colorful prose as in his ironic portrayal of an episode of war so intense, so immediate, so real that the terror of battle becomes our own ... in a masterpiece so unique that many believe modern American fiction began with Stephen Crane.
Baker & Taylor
The glory, pride, horror, and cowardice that are associated with war are depicted in a classic account of a young soldier's Civil War experiences
The glory, pride, horror, and cowardice that are associated with war are depicted in a classic account of a young soldier's Civil War experiences, in a new edition of the masterful novel, first published in 1895 and featuring an introduction by Alfred Kazin. Reissue.
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I saw a copy in the ward lounge when I was in hospital recently, and then I could only read a few lines, so I got it out of the library when I returned home. It's easy to see why this book is a classic. Against the Battles of the American Civil War, a young soldier fights his inner battles: fear of being a coward, anger, how not to lose face, loyalty, and courage. Also there are short vivid descriptions of nature's backdrop to the action. The book is beautifully illustrated by Wendell Minor. It is an excellent read for High School aged students, and for anyone who simply loves good literature.
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