Wednesday, December 13, 2023

"The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane

If I have one vivid memory of high school junior English class, it would be the classic coming-of-age assignment of The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. In the spring, anyone could spot a sophomore, because inevitably each and every one of us was carrying our paperback edition of the classic novel about the Civil War. It was assigned at the same time we were studying the Civil War in American history.  

Crane published the novel in 1895, two years after he’d published the book that put him on the American literary map – Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, the story of a prostitute. Crane belonged to the Naturalist, Realist, Symbolist, or Impressionist School, depending upon which critic you ask. The story of a prostitute had not been done before, at least not in a way that made Maggie something of a heroine. 

To continue reading, please see my post today at Dancing Priest.

Some Wednesday Readings


The Treason of the Intellectuals – Niall Ferguson at The Free Press.


An Emerging Image of General Lee at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville – Sarah Kay Bierle at Emerging Civil War. 

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