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The Red Badge of Courage (1895)

by Stephen Crane, Stephen Crane

Other authors: C.B. Canga (Illustrator), Pascal Covici Jr. (Introduction)

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The U.S. is at war, this time a Civil War. The battle is right here, and it compels many young men to join the military to defend their homeland and their core beliefs. Henry Fleming is one such man. The Red Badge of Courage follows this young man, his heart filled with patriotism and passion. Though his mother is certain he is making a mistake, he knows he must have his part in the destruction of the Confederates. But what happens when a passion-filled young man meets battlefield reality? This book does a remarkable job of capturing the feelings, sounds, sensations, reactions and common dialect of the 1860's in a fast paced book. Highly recommended. ( )
  BrannonSG | Apr 4, 2016 |
During an unnamed conflict of the American Civil War, 18-year-old private Henry Fleming deserts his battalion, considering the battle to be a lost cause. Escaping into a nearby forest, he finds a group of injured men. One member of the group, the "Tattered Soldier", asks Henry (who is often referred to as "The Youth") where he is wounded. Henry, embarrassed that he does not have any wounds, leaves the group and wanders through the forest. He ultimately decides that running was the best thing, and that he is a small part of the army that is responsible for saving himself.

Henry later learns that his battalion has won the battle, and feels incredibly guilty. As a result, he returns to his battalion. On the way back to his battalion Henry sees a fleeing regiment and grabs an artilleryman and demands to know what is happenning, the man hits Henry in the head when the boy refuses to let go of the gunner's arm. When Henry returns to camp, the other soldiers believe his head injury to be caused by a bullet grazing him in battle.

The next morning Henry goes into battle for the third time. While looking for a stream from which to get water, he discovers from the commanding officer that his regiment has a lackluster reputation. The officer speaks casually about sacrificing Henry's regiment because they are nothing more than "mule drivers" and "mud diggers". With no regiments to spare, the general orders his men forward. In the final battle, Henry becomes one of the best fighters in his battalion as well as the flag bearer, finally proving his courage as a man.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
I read it, finished it, and actually enjoyed it for the most part. I might recommend it, but am not putting it on my "must have" shelf. It was quite well written and kept me interested, even during bloody battle scenes, which don't normally catch my imagination. It's amazing Crane had not been in battle prior to writing about it, as it was as if he were describing something not from his imagination, but from memory. ( )
  MahanaU | Feb 26, 2016 |
A classic, love the language. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
Crane's poetic realism makes us see war and the fear inspired by it as something we would have to experience in order to understand. If we'd been in his place, would we have run too? And how many battles do we have to fight before we realize that the true war is with ourselves? ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Crane, Stephenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crane, Stephenmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Canga, C.B.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Covici Jr., PascalIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berryman, JohnContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binder, HenryEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bloom, HaroldEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bottino, PatNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bowers, FredsonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, MalcolmEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Conrad, JosephContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cummings, SherwoodIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davray, Henry-D.Traductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dressler, RogerNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dufris, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engene, GeneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foote, ShelbyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, Donald B.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Green, FrankEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haldeman, JoeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harad, AlyssaSupplementary materialsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heald, AnthonyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herzberg, Max J.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Homer, WinslowIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jenseth, RichardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kazin, AlfredIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidder, HarveyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
LaRocca, Charles J.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Levenson, J.C.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Levy, Wilbert J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Minor, WendellIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Misiego, MicaelaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mozley, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muller, FrankNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murphy, JimForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Otero, BenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paysac, Henry dePréfacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perkins, Patricia BarrettForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pratt, SeanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reichardt, Mary R.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sanders, CharlesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sorrentino, PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stallman, Robert W.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stone, RobertIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomas, RichardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Doren, CarlIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vedro, Alfred S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viélé-Griffin, FrancisTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Watson, Aldren AuldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.
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Long considered the first great modern novel of war by an American author, this classic work is set in the time of the Civil War and tells a powerful, psychological story of a young soldier's struggle with the horrors--both within and without the war.

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During his service in the Civil War, a young Union soldier matures to manhood and finds peace of mind as he comes to grips with his conflicting emotions about war.

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