This internationally acclaimed war novel tells the story of the shame a young private of the Union Army feels after fleeing the battlefield amidst the American Civil War.
The Red Badge of Courage is a powerful tale of the American Civil War. The book has garnered international acclaim for its realism and psychological depth in telling the story of a young soldier and his reaction to the horrors of war.
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Stephen Crane (1871-1900) was born in New Jersey and was the last of fourteen children. While The Red Badge of Courage is considered Crane's masterpiece, he is also known for another brilliant yet grim work of fiction, Maggie, A Girl of the Streets (1893), as well as his poetry and journalism. Crane moved to Europe in 1897 and died in Germany at the age of twenty-nine from tuberculosis.