Stephen Crane Books

Stephen Crane

Easton Press Stephen Crane books:
The Red Badge of Courage - 1980
Maggie: A Girl of The Streets - 1981
Short Stories of Stephen Crane - 1996

Franklin Library Stephen Crane books:
The Red Badge of Courage - 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature - 1976
The Red Badge of Courage - 100 Greatest Books of All Time - 1979
Stories of Stephen Crane - 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature - 1982
Maggie: A Girl of The Streets - Collected Stories of the World's Greatest Writers - 1983
The Red Badge of Courage - World's Best Loved Books - 1983

Stephen Crane Stories

Stephen Crane (1871-1900), was an American writer, born in Newark, N.J., and educated at Lafayette College and Syracuse University. From free-lance reporting (1890-99) in the slums of New York he drew material for his first novel, Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (1893), which was published under the pseudonym Johnston Smith. The work won praise from the American writers Hamlin Garland and William Dean Howells, but it was unsuccessful. His next novel, The Red Badge of Courage (1895), gained international recognition as a penetrating study of a young soldier in the Civil War. Although Stephen  Crane had never experienced military service, the understanding of the ordeals of combat which he revealed in his work induced various American and foreign newspapers to hire him as a correspondent during the Greco-Turkish War (1897)and the Spanish-American War (1898). Shipwrecked while accompanying an expedition carrying arms to Cuba in 1896, Stephen Crane suffered privations which brought on tuberculosis. His experience at sea was described in the title story of his collections The Open Boat and Pother Stories (1898). He settled in England in 1897 and died during a visit to a health resort in Baden, Germany.

Stephen Crane may be considered a forerunner, if not a founder of naturalism in American literature. However, the starkness of his realistic portrayals is relieved by his poetic charm and sympathetic understanding of character. Stephen Crane was also an innovator in verse techniques. His two volumes of poetry, The Black Riders and Other Lines (1895) and War is Kind and Other Poems (1899), are important early examples of experimental free-verse.

Stephen Crane Books

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