The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage

An Episode of the American Civil War

Book - 1999
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The Red Badge of Courage is an American masterpiece-and yet the novel familiar to so many readers is not, in fact, the story Crane wrote. That story is the one printed here, as Henry Binder has recovered it, as fully as possible, from the author's final handwritten manuscript. Just prior to the first publication of The Red Badge of Courage in 1895, many key passages, phrases, words, and an entire chapter were deleted. Almost certainly, these deletions were made at the suggestions of Crane's editor, with the intention of satisfying a wider contemporary audience with a simpler story. The deletions were made hastily, not as careful or deliberate improvements. In this new, "authentic" (Herbert Mitgang, New York Times) text, Binder has restored the deleted material and followed the manuscript in many details; he has thus given us the version of Crane's gripping work in which the author's controlling vision is unmistakably present. Binder describes his editorial procedures and discusses the "new novel" that is the result, as well as providing textual notes.
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1999, c1982
ISBN: 9780393319545
0393319547
Branch Call Number: YA PB Cra 3558ya 1
Characteristics: xi, 173 p. ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Binder, Henry

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mccannxgrande
Jun 24, 2016

This book was awful.

Kdmullerspy Jun 20, 2014

It was okay, but a little slow. It kept me interested, though.

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Doctor_10101
Jan 15, 2014

Loved it! The storytelling drew me in and had me reading till the end. Crane did a masterful job.

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andrewgraphics
Sep 02, 2012

A deeply psychological novel of a young man who decides to fight in the Civil War, it follows his thoughts as he is filled, in turns, with patriotism, doubt, fear, shame, cowardice, and heroism.
I wasn't quite ready for such a thought-filled story, expecting more of a narrative; it was not only quite engaging but also at times humorous and quite insightful.

An interesting trick Crane pulled was not using the main character's name throughout most of the book (since the first couple of chapters? something that's hard to go back and check with an audio book), but instead identified him as "the youth" or some such. Helped create more of an Everyman the reader (or listener) could identify with, no matter which side you might have rooted for.

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ilikeitrainy
Jul 06, 2012

I would recommend READING vs. LISTENING TO this book. I felt like a lot of thematic elements and the beauty of the language itself was lost in the reading. It was tough to pay attention to this particular reader.

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Chris_R
Nov 30, 2010

Excellent and quick read.

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kwsmith
Mar 11, 2010

Through highly vivid and visual prose, this novel provides a first-person description of a cruel American Civil War battle. Much of the story describes how the difficult battle affects the mental state of a young recruit on the front lines. In particular, the young hero vacilates between wanting to fight and wanting to flee.

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Blue_Cat_48
Nov 12, 2015

Blue_Cat_48 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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SPL_STARR Jun 15, 2015

"The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting."

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