Profile of the Day: Stephen Crane
Do you remember reading The Red Badge of Courage? On November 1, 1871, author Stephen Crane was born in Newark, New Jersey. Recognized as one of the most innovative writers of his generation, Crane began writing at the age of 4 and had published several articles by the age of 16. His most acclaimed work was his novel The Red Badge of Courage. Taking place during the American Civil War, the story follows a young private in the Union Army who flees from the battle field. Ashamed of his cowardice, the private longs for a wound, a “red badge of courage.” Although Crane was born after the war, the novel was applauded for its realism and psychological portrayal of fear.
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