Franklin Library: STEPHEN CRANE: RED BADGE OF COURAGE: CIVIL WAR NOVEL

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Year Printed 1976

Country/Region Of Manufacture United States

Topic Civil War Novel

Binding Leather

Illustrator Roland Descombes

Author Stephen Crane

Subject Literature & Fiction

Language English

Character Family Henry Fleming

Publisher Franklin Library 100 American

Special Attributes Luxury Edition

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FRANKLIN LIBRARY LEATHER EDITION OF STEPHEN CRANE'S "THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE: AN EPISODE OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR," ILLUSTRATED BY ROLAND DESCOMBES, A LIMITED EDITION, ONE OF THE 100 GREATEST MASTERPIECES OF AMERICAN LITERATURE SERIES, PUBLISHED IN 1976. BOUND IN RED LEATHER, THE BOOK HAS MATCHING FRENCH MOIRE SILK END LEAVES, A SATIN BOOK MARKER, ACID-FREE PAPER, SYMTH-SEWN BINDING, HUBBED SPINE, GOLD GILDING ON THREE EDGES---IN NEAR FINE CONDITION. STEPHEN CRANE LIVED FROM 1871 – 1900. "THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE" IS THE STORY OF EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD PRIVATE HENRY FLEMING, REMEMBERING HIS ROMANTIC REASONS FOR ENLISTING AS WELL AS HIS MOTHER'S RESULTING PROTESTS, WONDERS WHETHER HE WILL REMAIN BRAVE IN THE FACE OF FEAR, OR TURN AND RUN. HE IS COMFORTED BY ONE OF HIS FRIENDS FROM HOME, JIM CONKLIN, WHO ADMITS THAT HE WOULD RUN FROM BATTLE IF HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS ALSO FLED. DURING THE REGIMENT'S FIRST BATTLE, CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS CHARGE, BUT ARE REPELLED. THE ENEMY QUICKLY REGROUPS AND ATTACKS AGAIN, THIS TIME FORCING SOME OF THE UNPREPARED UNION SOLDIERS TO FLEE. FEARING THE BATTLE IS A LOST CAUSE, HENRY DESERTS HIS REGIMENT. IT IS NOT UNTIL AFTER HE REACHES THE REAR OF THE ARMY THAT HE OVERHEARS A GENERAL ANNOUNCING THE UNION'S VICTORY. ASHAMED, HENRY ESCAPES INTO A NEARBY FOREST, WHERE HE DISCOVERS A DECAYING BODY IN A PEACEFUL CLEARING. IN HIS DISTRESS, HE HURRIEDLY LEAVES THE CLEARING AND STUMBLES UPON A GROUP OF INJURED MEN RETURNING FROM BATTLE. EXHAUSTED, HUNGRY, THIRSTY, AND NOW WOUNDED, HENRY DECIDES TO RETURN TO HIS REGIMENT REGARDLESS OF HIS SHAME. THE NOVEL CLOSES WITH THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE: "IT RAINED. THE PROCESSION OF WEARY SOLDIERS BECAME A BEDRAGGLED TRAIN, DESPONDENT AND MUTTERING, MARCHING WITH CHURNING EFFORT IN A TROUGH OF LIQUID BROWN MUD UNDER A LOW, WRETCHED SKY. YET THE YOUTH SMILED, FOR HE SAW THAT THE WORLD WAS A WORLD FOR HIM." 245 PAGES. I OFFER COMBINED SHIPPING.

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