Re: [20th_Massachusetts_Infantry_Regiment] Nov. 1, 1871, Stephen Crane, best known for his novel "The Red Badge of.........
- The Red Badge of Courage is one of those "classics" that lives up to its reputation.
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Subject: [20th_Massachusetts_Infantry_Regiment] Nov. 1, 1871, Stephen Crane, best known for his novel "The Red Badge of.........On Nov. 1, 1871, Stephen Crane, the American writer best known for his novel "The Red Badge of Courage," was born. Following his death on June 5, 1900, his obituary appeared in The Times.
June 6, 1900OBITUARY
Stephen Crane Dead
By THE NEW YORK TIMESBADENWEILER, Baden, June 5.--Stephen Crane, the American author and war correspondent, died here to-day, aged thirty years.Stephen Crane stepped early into literary notice because of his power in word painting. "The Red Badge of Courage," his first published novel, drew approving comment from various quarters, and some speculation regarding the author. In England the opinion was advanced that he must be a veteran soldier, since no one who had not been under fire could so well describe a battle. Mr. Crane dismissed this theory by saying that he got his ideas from the football field.After this introduction, in 1895, to book readers, Mr. Crane issued a book called "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets," which had been written by him when he was about sixteen years old and printed privately. In the five years between these books he occupied himself with miscellaneous newspaper and sketch work in this city, printing among other things verses entitled "The Black Riders, and Other Lines." He printed "George's Mother" in 1896, and "The Little Regiment," a war story, and "The Third Violet," in 1897, his books by that time having vogue both here and abroad."The Red Badge of Courage" was written while he was in New York writing sketches for the various newspapers and in very indifferent financial circumstances. His inspiration for it came from an artist friend whose studio he was visiting. Crane had been reading a war story in a current magazine, which he finally tossed aside in disgust, saying that he could write a better story himself."Why don't you do it, then?" said his friend."I will," said Crane, snatching up his hat and leaving the room. The next three days he secured all the books he could find on the civil war in the various public libraries and read carefully the accounts of several battles. He knew little or nothing about the civil war when he started, but when he had finished his studies he was thoroughly imbued with local color. The story which he produced was refused by all the publishers, but was afterward accepted in a condensed form for $90 by a newspaper syndicate.When the Graeco-Turkish war broke out he was in London. HeIt's a Magical World, Hobbes, Ole Buddy, Let's go Exploring!!