The Portable Stephen Crane Author:Stephen Crane Edited and with an introduction and Notes by Joseph Katz. — This book collects all the finest writings of one of the key figures in modern American literature. Included complete in authoritative texts are the universally known Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage, and both pioneering slum novels, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets - in the 1893 t... more »ext privately published by the author - and George's Mother. This book is divided into five parts, each containing letters, sketches, stories, and journalism arranged around the major work to show the development as well as the entire range of Crane's art. The first section, "The World of Maggie," depicts the life of the slum dweller in New York as seen in the two novels and eight related pieces including "Above all Things," a visionary essay published here for the first time in book form. In "The World of Henry Flemming," The Red Badge of Courage if augmented by "An Episode of War" and "The Veteran"; and "A World of Shipwreck" shows how the raw materials of Crane's disastrous filibustering adventure were used to form his short masterpiece, The Open Boat." The six stories in "A World of Ironies" include "The Bride Comes to the Yellow Sky," "The Blue Hotel," and two Whilomville Stories; finally, "A World of Miniature" presents a generous selection of Crane's poetry, reprinted in definitive texts.
Nineteen of Crane's best tales and sketches are collected in all, including the entire contents of The Monster and other Stories. The editor has provided a helpful critical introduction, a Crane chronology, a detailed biographical and textual note, and informative noted to the individual works.
Joseph Katz has taught at Ohio State University and Kent State University, and teaches English at the University of South Carolina. He is the editor of, among other books, The Poems of Stephen Crane: A Critical Edition; Stephen Crane: "The Blue Hotel," "The Red Badge of Courage,"; and Stephen Crane in the West and Mexico, and he is the editor of The Stephen Crane Newsletter.« less