Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. He is recognized for his innovative and realistic writing style, and is best known for his novel 'The Red Badge of Courage,' which depicts the psychological complexities of soldiers during the American Civil War.


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  1. 1. The Red Badge of Courage

    "The Red Badge of Courage" is a novel set during the American Civil War, focusing on a young private in the Union Army who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, he acts as the standard-bearer, proving his courage. The book explores the themes of heroism, manhood, and the illusion versus reality of war.

    The 318th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

    "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets" is a novella that depicts the harsh realities of urban life in the late 19th century. The story revolves around Maggie, a young woman from the slums of New York City, who strives to escape her impoverished background. She falls in love with a man who eventually abandons her, leading to her downfall and eventual death. The narrative explores themes of poverty, morality, and the devastating effects of environmental influences on individual lives.

    The 6327th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Stories And Poems Of Stephen Crane

    This collection brings together the evocative and profound works of a prominent figure in American literature, known for his realistic and often stark portrayal of the human condition. It features a range of short stories and poems that delve into themes of nature, war, and existential struggle. The author's concise and powerful use of language paints vivid scenes and characters, from the gritty experiences of soldiers in battle to the inner turmoil of individuals facing moral dilemmas. The anthology showcases the writer's talent for capturing the complexities of life and the often harsh realities of the world through a blend of naturalistic narrative and symbolic resonance.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time