Stephen Crane


Though author Stephen Crane only lived to the age of twenty-nine, he created a memorable collection of writings. He wrote poems and short stories but he is best known for his 1895 novel entitled, The Red Badge of Courage.

In 1871 author Stephen Crane was born in Newark, New Jersey the youngest of fourteen siblings. His father Jonathan, a minister in the Methodist church, died when Stephen was just nine years old. Stephen Crane's mother Mary Helen was left to raise him along with his brothers and sisters. A background check would reveal that Stephen Crane attended Syracuse University for a short time and then left to pursue his interest in creative writing. The young Crane earned a meager living with freelance writing work while spending time in the slums getting to know the people there. Its bleak atmosphere full of hardships and poverty made its mark on the imagination of the writer. He later used his observations to write and publish his famous short story, "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets" in 1893.Stephen Crane achieved notoriety in 1895 when his novel The Red Badge of Courage was published. The book painted a remarkable picture of a young soldier struggling with his courage and duty. With the success of his novel, Crane switched his writing concentration to the short story. Some of his well-known short stories are, "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" and, "The Open Boat." Stephen Crane died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-nine in the summer of 1900.

Stephen Crane's novel The Red Badge of Courage published in 1895 centers around a young man by the name of Henry Fleming. Henry longs for the life of a hero. He decides to leave his mother and farm work to enlist as a soldier in the Civil War. Henry's romantic images of a soldier's life quickly begin to disappear as he experiences the reality of pain and death all around him. Henry's struggles with fear cause him to escape into the woods as his troop's first battle heats up. Soon, Henry regrets deserting his fellow soldiers and manages to find them again. To cover for his disappearance he joins a gathering of wounded men. He almost wishes he had a wound to show as a sign or badge of his courage. A fellow soldier and friend of Henry's named Jim is one of the wounded soldiers. Henry tries to help Jim along but watches as he dies of his gun shot injury. Another character referred to as the Tattered Soldier acts as a sort of conscience for Henry, forcing him to think about his actions. Eventually, when Henry is faced with another battle he stands firm against his fear. He even charges in to prevent the flag of his regiment from falling to the ground. Throughout the novel, Henry fights with his inward fears and finally conquers them gaining a quiet confidence from all of his experiences as a soldier.

·        Stephen Crane and His Experiences in Port Jervis, New York

·        A Brief Look at the Life of Stephen Crane

·        Reviews of The Red Badge of Courage

·        Facts about Stephen Crane

·        A Glimpse into the Life and Writings of Stephen Crane

·        An Overview of the Life of Stephen Crane

·        The Text of The Red Badge of Courage

·        The Significant Experiences of Stephen Crane

·        The Writing of The Red Badge of Courage

·        The Literary Works of Stephen Crane  

·        Facts Surrounding The Red Badge of Courage

·        Information About Stephen Crane's War Correspondence

·        Important Events in Stephen Crane's Life

·        The Writing Talents of Stephen Crane

·        The Creativity of Stephen Crane

The unforgettable characters and images contained in the work of Stephen Crane assure him a permanent place in our collection of great American writers.