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The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane (1871-1900). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer. Although Crane was born after the war, and had not at the time experienced battle first-hand, the novel is known for its realism. He began writing what would become his second novel in 1893, using various contemporary and written accounts (such as those published previously by Century Magazine) as inspiration. It is believed that he based the fictional battle on that of Chancellorsville; he may also have interviewed veterans of the 124th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, commonly known as the Orange Blossoms. Initially shortened and serialized in newspapers in December 1894, the novel was published in full in October 1895. A longer version of the work, based on Crane's original manuscript, was published in 1982. The novel is known for its distinctive style, which includes realistic battle sequences as well as the repeated use of color imagery, and ironic tone. Separating itself from a traditional war narrative, Crane's story reflects the inner experience of its protagonist (a soldier fleeing from combat) rather than the external world around him. Also notable for its use of what Crane called a "psychological portrayal of fear," the novel's allegorical and symbolic qualities are often debated by critics. Several of the themes that the story explores are maturation, heroism, cowardice, and the indifference of nature. The Red Badge of Courage garnered widespread acclaim, what H. G. Wells called "an orgy of praise," shortly after its publication, making Crane an instant celebrity at the age of twenty-four. The novel and its author did have their initial detractors, however, including author and veteran Ambrose Bierce. Adapted several times for the screen, the novel became a bestseller. It has never been out of print and is now thought to be Crane's most important work and a major American text.
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display_description The finest novel of the Civil War, and one of the greatest battle stories ever told. The question of courage enters Henry Fleming's mind the moment he dons the blue uniform of the Union Army. But his first firefight reveals the emptiness of words such as bravery and fear. Pinned in by his comrades, he can only fire his rifle like a cog in a machine. There is no chance to run. Then comes the true test. Waking from a nap, Henry sees the enemy advancing once again. Gripped by an unshakable terror, he flees - from his regiment, from duty, from everything he wanted to believe about himself. A corpse bears witness to his shame. The nightmare has come true. Henry Fleming is a coward. Only one thing can save him now: a visible wound, the red badge of courage. With his regiment's colors in hand, Henry looks the enemy in the eye - and charges. Stephen Crane was born six years after Lee's surrender at Appomattox and had yet to see a battlefield when he wrote The Red Badge of Courage. Nevertheless, the novel is widely regarded as one of the most realistic depictions of war ever published, and a masterpiece of American literature.
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subject_facet Allegories, Audiobooks, Bildungsromans, Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863 -- Fiction, Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863 -- Juvenile fiction, Children's stories, Courage in men -- Juvenile fiction, Downloadable audio books, Electronic books, Historical fiction, Soldiers -- Fiction, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Fiction, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Juvenile fiction, United States -- Social life and customs -- Fiction, Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Fiction, Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Juvenile fiction, War & Military, War stories
title_display The red badge of courage
title_full The red badge of courage / Stephen Crane, The red badge of courage / Stephen Crane ; edited with an introduction and notes by Gary Scharnhorst, The red badge of courage [electronic resource] / Stephen Crane, The red badge of courage [sound recording] / by Stephen Crane
title_short The red badge of courage
topic_facet Bildungsromans, Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863, Children's stories, Courage in men, Electronic books, Historical fiction, History, Social life and customs, Soldiers, War & Military