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The essays during this quantity deal with a large number of viewpoints on Crane's most renowned paintings. new essays learn how the tradition of the 1890 and its clashes over immigration, industrialization and poverty encouraged Crane and the way John Paul Sartre's existentialism can increase our realizing of the radical. one other essay deals a entire survey of the multitude of feedback on crimson Badge of braveness. nonetheless others research using humor within the novel, research its imagery and speak about Crane's proposal of braveness and heroism.

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Ed. Lee Clark Mitchell. New York: Cambridge UP, 1986. Menand, Louis. The Metaphysical Club. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001. Pizer, Donald. Realism and Naturalism in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction. Rev. ed. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1984. Riis, Jacob. How the Other Half Lives. 1890. New York: Penguin, 1997. Robertson, Michael. Stephen Crane: Journalism and the Making of Modern American Literature. New York: Columbia UP, 1997. Shulman, Robert. ” Ed. Donald Pizer. Boston: G.

Bolton So vivid and affecting were Stephen Crane’s depictions of battle in his 1895 novel The Red Badge of Courage that many readers assumed the book must have been written by a soldier. ” It was a remarkable myth to spring up around a young man of twenty-four, who had been born six years after the Civil War ended. Crane had seen no battlefield nor had he ever been a civilian during a time of war. The Civil War belonged not to his own generation but to that of his parents. Yet Crane’s novel would become the definitive representation of this war—and, indeed, one of best novels to depict any war.

The benefits of searching out every historical reference and each factual analogue are limited. Donald Pizer (2007) has written a fine essay on this question in which he explores the points at which historical facts fit Red Badge and the points at which the search for an exact historical source is a distraction. Pizer concludes that Crane “was not interested in rendering the battle and its participants in a manner consistent with full historical accuracy . . rather he shaped a narrative closer to the pattern in his [Crane’s] head” (11).

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