The best-known work by famed American writer Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage is a persuasive exploration of human emotion in the midst of battle, and a masterful exploration of the pursuit of glory.
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 mortal wound—a “red badge of courage”—to offset his cowardice.
A potent combination of epic battle scenes and intimate personal story, Stephen Crane’s remarkably bloody combat sequences emphasize the hero's internal struggle with issues of courage, loyalty, cowardice, and betrayal.
STEPHEN CRANE (1871–1900) was an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and journalist. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation. Crane’s other notable works include The Open Boat, The Blue Hotel, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, and Maggie: A Girl of the Streets.