One of the greatest works of American literature, The Red Badge of Courage gazes fearlessly into the bright hell of war through the eyes of one young soldier, the reluctant Henry Fleming. Written by Stephen Crane at the age of twenty-one, the novel imagines the Civil War's terror and loss with an unblinking vision so modern and revolutionary that, upon publication, critics hailed it as a work of literary genius. Ernest Hemingway declared, "There was no real literature of our Civil War . . . until Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage."
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition includes the short story "The Veteran," Crane's tale of an aged Civil War soldier looking back at his past.
About the Author
Stephen Crane (1871-1900) was an American author who won international acclaim for his 1895 novel The Red Badge of Courage. In the company of other esteemed writers, such as Joseph Conrad and H. G. Wells, Crane never lived up to his potential. After struggling with mental health and financial difficulties, he died of tuberculosis at the age of 28.
Shelby Foote (1916-2005) came from a long line of Mississippians. After attending the University of North Carolina, he served in World War II as a captain of field artillery in the European theater. He wrote six novels and was awarded three Guggenheim fellowships in the twenty-year course of writing his monumental three-volume history, The Civil War: A Narrative.
"As to 'masterpiece,' there is no doubt that The Red Badge of Courage is that."