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Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane was born in 1871, in Newark, New Jersey. He attempted college twice, the second time failing a theme-writing course while writing articles for newspapers such as the New York Tribune. In 1892 Crane moved to the poverty of New York City’s Lower East Side—the Bowery so vividly depicted in Maggie: A Girl of the Streets. In 1894 the serial publication began of The Red Badge of Courage, his acclaimed and widely popular novel of a young soldier’s coming of age in the Civil War. He died in Germany at the age of twenty-eight, in June of 1900.


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Maggie, a Girl of the Streets and Other New York Writings
Written by Stephen Crane, Introduction by Luc Sante
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | March 2001
$11.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75689-4 (0-375-75689-2)

This harrowing tale of a young girl in the slums is a searing portrayal of turn-of-the-century New York, and Stephen Crane's most innovative work. Published in 1893, when the author was just twenty-one, it broke new ground with its vivid characters, its brutal naturalism, and its empathic rendering of the lives... Read more

Maggie, a Girl of the Streets and Selected Stories
Written by Stephen Crane, Afterword by Tom Wolfe, Edited by Alfred Kazin, Introduction by Alfred Kazin
Signet | Paperback | February 2006
$5.95/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-52998-5 (0-451-52998-7)

Published in 1893, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets shocked a world unprepared for its grim and starkly realistic exploration of a pretty young girl’s fall on New York’s Bowery, and its critical depiction of the irresponsibility of men toward women. The five other stories in this collection are tales of... Read more

Maggie: a Girl of the Streets
Written by Stephen Crane, Introduction by Larzer Ziff
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 2000
$12.00/12.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-043797-3 (0-14-043797-5)

"A powerful, severe, and harshly comic portrayal of Irish immigrant life in lower New York exactly a century ago." —Alfred Kazin

Maggie, a powerful exploration of the destructive forces that underlie urban society and human nature, produced a scandal when it was first published in 1893. This volume includes "George's Mother"... Read more

Written by Stephen Crane
Bantam Classics | Paperback | February 1986
$5.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21355-3 (0-553-21355-5)

Not yet famous for his Civil War masterpiece, The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane was unable to find a publisher for his brilliant Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, finally printing it himself in 1893.
Condemned and misunderstood during Crane’s lifetime, this starkly realistic story of a pretty child of the... Read more

The Portable Stephen Crane
Written by Stephen Crane, Introduction by Joseph Katz, Noted by Joseph Katz
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | July 1977
$20.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-015068-1 (0-14-015068-4)

“A man is born into the world with his own pair of eyes, and he is not responsible for his vision—he is merely responsible for his quality of personal honesty.” In the course of his tragically abbreviated career, Stephen Crane (1871–1900) saw things that his contemporaries preferred to overlook—the low life... Read more

The Red Badge of Courage
Written by Stephen Crane, Introduction by Wendell Minor
Puffin Books | Trade Paperback | November 2009
$4.99/5.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-132752-5 (0-14-132752-9)

Henry Fleming dreams of the thrill of battle and performing heroic deeds in the American Civil War. But his illusions are shattered when he comes face to face with the bloodshed and horrors of war. Now he's a raw recruit, Henry experiences both fear and self-doubt. Will war make Henry a... Read more

The Red Badge of Courage and Four Stories
Written by Stephen Crane, Afterword by Jeffrey Meyers, Introduction by James Dickey
Signet | Paperback | May 2011
$4.95/5.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53180-3 (0-451-53180-9)

Here is Stephen Crane's masterpiece, The Red Badge of Courage, together with four of his most famous short stories. Outstanding in their portrayal of violent emotion and quiet tension, these texts led the way for great American writers such as Ernest Hemingway. Read more

The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories
Written by Stephen Crane, Introduction by Gary Scharnhorst, Noted by Gary Scharnhorst
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2005
$10.00/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-303935-8 (0-14-303935-0)

Henry Fleming, a raw Union Army recruit in the American Civil War, is anxious to confirm his patriotism and manhood—to earn his “badge of courage.” But his dreams of heroism and invulnerability are soon shattered when he flees the Confederate enemy during his baptism of fire and then witnesses the horrible... Read more

The Red Badge of Courage
Written by Stephen Crane
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2014
$8.95/10.95(Canada) | 978-0-8041-6884-7 (0-8041-6884-9)

Stephen Crane’s immortal masterpiece about the nightmare of war was first published in 1895 and brought its young author immediate international fame. Set during the Civil War, it tells of the brutal disillusionment of a young recruit who had dreamed of the thrill and glory of war, only to find himself...

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The Red Badge of Courage & "The Veteran"
Written by Stephen Crane, Introduction by Shelby Foote
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2000
$11.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-78320-6 (0-679-78320-2)

One of the greatest works of American literature, The Red Badge of Courage gazes fearlessly into the bright hell of war through the eyes of one young soldier, the reluctant Henry Fleming. Written by Stephen Crane at the age of twenty-one, the novel imagines the Civil War's terror and loss with... Read more

The Red Badge of Courage
Written by Stephen Crane
Bantam Classics | Paperback | March 1981
$4.95/5.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21011-8 (0-553-21011-4)

First published in 1895, America's greatest novel  of the Civil War was written before 21-year-old  Stephen Crane had "smelled even the powder of a  sham battle." But this powerful psychological  study of a young soldier's struggle with the  horrors, both within and without, that war strikes the  reader with its undeniable realism and with its  masterful descriptions of... Read more

Four Classic American Novels
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane and Herman Melville, Introduction by Sandra Newman
Signet | Paperback | June 2007
$8.95/10.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53055-4 (0-451-53055-1)

Shining examples of American literature at its best, these four novels explore timeless themes—adventure, war, sex, and morality—through compelling narratives. An adulteress, a runaway boy, a terrified soldier, and a maltreated sailor—the heroes of these novels have become a part of popular culture. This indispensable volume includes…

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel... Read more

Four Great American Classics
Written by Herman Melville, Mark Twain and Stephen Crane
Bantam Classics | Paperback | December 1992
$7.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21362-1 (0-553-21362-8)

These four landmark novels of nineteenth-century American literature have gained a permanent place in our culture as great classics. They are not only part of our national heritage, but masterpieces of world literature whose deep and lasting influence is felt to this day.

The Scarlet Letter vividly records America’s moral and historical... Read more