The Red Badge of Courage Author:Stephen Crane Follow the trials and tribulations of Henry Fleming, a recruit in the American Civil War in this impressionistic novel by American writer Stephen Crane. Although Stephen Crane was born after the war and never participated in battle The Red Badge of Courage is one of the most influential war stories every written. The Red Badge of Courage treats ... more »with the meaning of courage as the young protagonist Henry Fleming is cast into circumstances that take the full measure of his. Another classic that deserves its place in the library of American Literature.« less
There's a reason this book is a classic: it vividly brings to life an incredibly important event in American history. For this first time in history (it was published in 1895), an author portrayed war in a decidedly unromantic way. War is hell.