The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage

Book - 2005
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As he faces battle in the Civil War for the first time, a young Union soldier comes to grips with his fear and conflicting emotions about war. Also includes five of Crane's best short stories, and a selection of his poems.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780143039358
Branch Call Number: Fiction Crane
Characteristics: xxx, 255 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Scharnhorst, Gary


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Nov 29, 2019

Henry is a fresh, green soldier during the Civil War. This short work of fiction details his first few engagements as part of the Union army, following him through moments of sheer terror and panic, confidence, distress, hopefulness and, ultimately, pride. I selected this title as part of a long-term goal to read four traditional "classics" each year. Overall, it was okay, though I have to admit I likely enjoyed the accompanying unrelated short stores in this edition more than the titular work itself. At the very least I now know what "the red badge of courage" actually refers to.

Oct 30, 2013

"I had thought there could only be two worse writers then Stephen Crane, namely two Stephen Cranes."-Ambrose Bierce


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