The criticism of The Red Badge of Courage

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Judith Ann Butler (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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James Ellis

Abstract: Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage was first published in 1894. From 1895 until 1900 critics in America and England debated whether Crane's novel was good art. Many of these early critics either praised the book in trite cliches or attacked it for the wrong reasons. None seemed to understand Crane's purpose or technique. Crane died in 1900 and his war novel seemed to die with him, but from 1900 to 1950, The Red Badge was "rediscovered" twice. World War I, Thomas Beer's Stephen Crane (1923), Follett's twelve-volume edition of The Works of Stephen Crane (1925-27), and the recognition by American authors of the 1920's that Crane's art had kinship with their own caused the first revival of the book in the 1920's. Another world war and the reissue of Beer's biography (1941) resulted in resurgent interest in The Red Badge in the 1900's.

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Language: English
Date: 1966
Crane, Stephen, $d 1871-1900 $x Criticism and interpretation
Crane, Stephen, $d 1871-1900. $t Red badge of courage

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