Red Badge of Courage

Red Badge of Courage

by Stephen Crane, Alfred Kazin (Introduction)
Publisher: Bantam Books
Mass market paperback, 138 pages
Price: $4.95

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 unleashes strikes the reader with its undeniable realism and with its masterful description of the moment-by-moment riot of emotions felt by men 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.

With an Introduction by Alfred Kazin.

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FLAWS: Strong wartime violence, mild language
Summary: The original realistic anti-war novel follows a young Union soldier through the horrors of the American Civil War.

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