Author: Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane, 1899

Stephen Crane (1871–1900) had a prolific though short career and the naturalism of his writing style revolutionized American fiction at the turn of the century. Crane began writing at a young age. He left college before graduating and published his first novel, Maggie: Girl of the Streets (1893), at the age of nineteen. Two years later, Crane achieved international fame with his novel The Red Badge of Courage (1895). Though Crane was born after the Civil War and did not have any combat experience, the novel was acclaimed for its realistic depictions of battle and grappled with themes of honor, courage, fear, and sacrifice. Though the novel was both a critical and popular success, Crane faced financial problems following its publication, as well as several personal scandals. Crane then decided to take a job as a newspaper correspondent in Europe, but became ill with tuberculosis shortly after arriving. He died at a sanatorium in Germany at the age of 28. 

From The Red Badge of Courage

Stephen Crane

In The Red Badge of Courage (1895), American author Stephen Crane (1871–1900) tells the story of Henry Fleming, a young private in the Union Army during the Civil War.

The Veteran

Stephen Crane

Courage is a virtue needed both in war and at home—a truth explored by Stephen Crane (1871–1900) in his short story “The Veteran.” Written as part of a contract with McClure Syndicate to capitalize on the success of Crane’s Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage (1895), the story revisits the book’s eighteen-year-old protagonist, Henry Fleming, now an old man and grandfather.