Back of book:
“First published in 1895, this small masterpiece set the pattern for the treatment of war in modern fiction. The novel is told through the eyes of Henry Fleming, a young soldier caught up in an unnamed Civil War battle who is motivated not by the unselfish heroism of conventional war stories, but by fear, cowardice and finally, egotism. However, in his struggle to find reality amid the nightmarish chaos of war, the young soldier also discovers courage, humility and, perhaps, wisdom. Although Crane had never been in battle before writing The Red Bage of Courage, the book was widely praised by experienced soldiers for its uncanny recreation of the sights, sounds and sense of actual combat. Its publication brought Crane immediate international fame and established him as a major American writer. Today, the book ranks as an enduring landmark of American fiction.”
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