• À la veille d'une bataille de la guerre de Sécession, Henry Fleming est un jeune soldat de l'armée nordiste fraîchement enrôlé et assailli par le doute. Pourquoi s'est-il engagé ? Sera-t-il capable, du haut de ses 17 ans, de faire face au danger ? Le lendemain, sous le feu ennemi, il réagit comme un lâche et s'en veut terriblement. Mais dans la confusion générale, Henry est frappé à la tête, recevant cet "insigne rouge du courage" qu'est une blessure de guerre. Son attitude au combat va s'en trouver radicalement modifiée.

  • Stephen Crane's first novel is the tale of a pretty young slum girl driven to brutal excesses by poverty and loneliness. It was considered so sexually frank and realistic, that the book had to be privately printed at first. It and GEORGE'S MOTHER, the shorter novel that follows in this edition, were eventually hailed as the first genuine expressions of Naturalism in American letters and established their creator as the American apostle of an artistic revolution which was to alter the shape and destiny of civilization itself.From the Paperback edition.

  • This harrowing tale of a young girl in the slums is a searing portrayal of turnofthecentury New York, and Stephen Crane's most innovative work. Published in 1893, when the author was just twentyone, it broke new ground with its vivid characters, its brutal naturalism, and its empathic rendering of the lives of the poor. It remains both powerful, severe, and harshly comic (in Alfred Kazin's words) and a masterpiece of modern American prose.
    This edition includes Maggie and George's Mother, Crane's other Bowery tales, and the most comprehensive available selection of Crane's New York journalism. All texts in this volume are presented in their definitive versions.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • The Red Badge of Courage was published in 1895, when its author, an impoverished writer living a bohemian life in New York, was only twentythree. It immediately became a bestseller, and Stephen Crane became famous. Crane set out to create "a psychological portrayal of fear." Henry Fleming, a Union Army volunteer in the Civil War, thinks "that perhaps in a battle he might run....As far as war was concerned he knew nothing of himself." And he does run in his first battle, full of fear and then remorse. He encounters a grotesquely rotting corpse propped against a tree, and a column of wounded men, one of whom is a friend who dies horribly in front of him. Fleming receives his own "red badge" when a fellow soldier hits him in the head with a gun. "The idea of falling like heroes on ceremonial battlefields," Ford Madox Ford remarked later, "was gone forever." Shelby Foote, author of The Civil The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventyfifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoringas its emblem the running torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Henry Fleming dreams of the thrill of battle and performing heroic deeds in the American Civil War. But his illusions are shattered when he comes face to face with the bloodshed and horrors of war. Now he's a raw recruit, Henry experiences both fear and self-doubt. Will war make Henry a coward or a hero?

    A vivid fictionalised account of the experiences of an ordinary innocent young soldier on the battlefields of the American Civil War, introduced by American writer, illustrator and historian, Wendell Minor.

  • For the first time all 112 of Stephen Cranes short stories and sketches--including several that have not been included in any previous collection and two that are now in print for the first time--have been brought together in one volume.
    Critics call Stephen Crane, who is best known for his Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage, the first modern American writer. Crane was only twenty-eight when he died, but his work had a profound influence on American letters. He helped to kill sentimentality in American writing, giving this countrys fiction renewed strength and dignity as an art form. Crane is considered the American counterpart of such European Nationalists as Zola, Tolstoy, and Flaubert. He refused to bow to the conventions of the day or to popular taste, but wrote about life as he saw it in the closing years of the nineteenth century. And honest vision of life was the foundation stone of his artistic aims, and so he sought first-hand experiences and personal involvement in his themes. He lived the life of The Open Boat before he wrote the story. His stories of war and conflict, such as A Mystery of Heroism and Virtue in War, reflect his experiences as a war correspondent.
    Crane strove for originality in his writing; his style--tense, darting, abrupt, ironic--blends perfectly with an impressionistic technique to give emotional, psychological, and symbolic significance to a series of astutely observed and richly colored episodes. The stories and sketches that were a product of his one-man literary revolution are as modern today as ever.
    This collection includes an authoritative introduction by the editor, in which he evaluates the artistic significance of Cranes work. The stories ad sketches are presented in chronological order and have been carefully edited to ensure that they are in their original form.

  • The Red Badge of Courage was published in 1895, when its author, an impoverished writer living a bohemian life in New York, was only twenty-three. It immediately became a bestseller, and Stephen Crane became famous. Crane set out to create 'a psychological portrayal of fear.' Henry Fleming, a Union Army volunteer in the Civil War, thinks 'that perhaps in a battle he might run. . . . As far as war was concerned he knew nothing of himself.' And he does run in his first battle, full of fear and then remorse. He encounters a grotesquely rotting corpse propped against a tree, and a column of wounded men, one of whom is a friend who dies horribly in front of him. Fleming receives his own 'red badge' when a fellow soldier hits him in the head with a gun. 'The idea of falling like heroes on ceremonial battlefields,' Ford Madox Ford remarked later, 'was gone forever.'

  • Henry Fleming, a raw Union Army recruit in the American Civil War, is anxious to confirm his patriotism and manhood--to earn his badge of courage. But his dreams of heroism and invulnerability are soon shattered when he flees the Confederate enemy during his baptism of fire and then witnesses the horrible death of a friend. Plunged unwillingly into the nightmare of war, Fleming survives by sheer luck and instinct. This edition of Stephen Cranes poignant classic is supplemented by five of his acclaimed short stories as well as selected poetry, offering the full range of this great American authors extraordinary talent.
    Includes five of Crane's short stories: "The Open Boat", "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky", "The Blue Hotel", "The Self-Made Man", and "The Veteran" Features a new introduction and notes by American literature scholar Gary Scharnhorst

  • Jeune garçon de ferme, Flemming vit la guerre de Sécession sous forme de nouvelles et de comptes rendus héroïques de batailles. La guerre arrive au pas de sa porte, il finit par être entraîné dans son tourbillon et s'engage. Commence alors l'apprentissage du métier de soldat, l'école du courage. Flemming est d'abord harcelé par le doute: sera-t-il capable de faire face, dans sa première bataille, sans déserter? L'épreuve du feu débute par un échec total de notre héros: il cède à la panique et se retrouve fuyant parmi un groupe de déserteurs. Suit alors une descente aux enfers où il vit une complète humiliation. C'est un parcours initiatique terrible, d'une vraisemblance rare et vraiment novatrice dans la littérature classique - excepté le panorama grandiose de la bataille de Waterloo vu par le jeune Fabrice dans La Chartreuse de Parme, d'où le héros, comme Flemming, sort désabusé quant à l'héroïsme des batailles. C'est en traversant cet enfer qu'il reprend courage et surmonte ses peurs...

  • Henry Fleming, a raw Union Army recruit in the American Civil War, is anxious to confirm his patriotism and manhood--to earn his badge of courage. But his dreams of heroism and invulnerability are soon shattered when he flees the Confederate enemy during his baptism of fire and then witnesses the horrible death of a friend. Plunged unwillingly into the nightmare of war, Fleming survives by sheer luck and instinct. This edition of Stephen Cranes poignant classic is supplemented by five of his acclaimed short stories as well as selected poetry, offering the full range of this great American authors extraordinary talent.
    Includes five of Crane's short stories: "The Open Boat", "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky", "The Blue Hotel", "The Self-Made Man", and "The Veteran" Features a new introduction and notes by American literature scholar Gary Scharnhorst

  • Eh bien, il va falloir se faire une raison : l'Américain-type, ça n'existe pas ! Tant pis pour la belle ordonnance des idées toutes faites ; d'un Américain à l'autre, le caractère, les moeurs, la stature même diffèrent. Bien sûr il existe, chez tous les habitants du Nouveau Monde, certains éléments qui constituent le caractère national, mais ces éléments sont amalgamés diversement selon les racines de l'individu, l'ancienneté de sa migration, selon surtout qu'il habite le vieux Nord-Est, le Sud, l'Ouest ou le Middle West. C'est ce qui ressort des treize nouvelles ici réunies, Toutes, sauf deux, ont été écrites pendant les décennies qui ont suivi la guerre de Sécession, en une période où le pays avait besoin de redécouvrir son identité, de concilier les mirages du passé et les réalités du présent... A ce moment-là plus que jamais, la littérature régionale, fondée sur des valeurs intactes, sûres, facilement reconnaissables, avait un rôle à jouer. Sans doute ces récits reflètent-ils leur époque, mais on y sent percer déjà une littérature de fiction plus complexe et plus élaborée : celle de l'Amérique contemporaine, qui a su si bien assimiler, pour des buts qui lui sont propres, accents régionaux et couleurs locales.

  • Eh bien, il va falloir se faire une raison : l'Américain-type, ça n'existe pas ! Tant pis pour la belle ordonnance des idées toutes faites ; d'un Américain à l'autre, le caractère, les moeurs, la stature même diffèrent. Bien sûr il existe, chez tous les habitants du Nouveau Monde, certains éléments qui constituent le caractère national, mais ces éléments sont amalgamés diversement selon les racines de l'individu, l'ancienneté de sa migration, selon surtout qu'il habite le vieux Nord-Est, le Sud, l'Ouest ou le Middle West. C'est ce qui ressort des treize nouvelles ici réunies, Toutes, sauf deux, ont été écrites pendant les décennies qui ont suivi la guerre de Sécession, en une période où le pays avait besoin de redécouvrir son identité, de concilier les mirages du passé et les réalités du présent... A ce moment-là plus que jamais, la littérature régionale, fondée sur des valeurs intactes, sûres, facilement reconnaissables, avait un rôle à jouer. Sans doute ces récits reflètent-ils leur époque, mais on y sent percer déjà une littérature de fiction plus complexe et plus élaborée : celle de l'Amérique contemporaine, qui a su si bien assimiler, pour des buts qui lui sont propres, accents régionaux et couleurs locales.

  • Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie de Stephen Crane. Dans "La conquête du courage", Stephen Crane, qui n'a pas encore connu la guerre, raconte les aventures d'un groupe de volontaires engagés dans la guerre de Sécession. À l'époque, l'Amérique lutte pour retrouver l'unité perdue en 1861, quand onze Etats du Sud, farouches tenants de l'esclavage, ont rompu avec les États du Nord, partisans de son abolition. Mater les rebelles, sauver la fédération, tel est le but des armées en uniforme bleu que le Nord envoie se mesurer avec les "démons en gris". Le jeune fermier Henry Fleming a trop rêvé de gloire et d'exploits pareils à ceux des héros de l'Antiquité pour ne pas céder au désir de s'engager. Mais la guerre ressemble peu aux combats épiques d'antan et, lorsque vient son tour de recevoir le baptême du feu, il est pris d'angoisse. Saura-t-il se conduire en brave? Le premier contact avec l'ennemi lui apporte la réponse: c'est non. Il se ressaisit pourtant et, sous la mitraille, fait tant bien que mal le lent apprentissage de la maîtrise de soi où la peur physique et morale cède à la vanité, à la vergogne ou à l'orgueil selon les périls de l'heure - et qui aboutit enfin à "la conquête du courage". Le caractère volontairement sobre de la description que Crane donne de la bataille (inspirée par la bataille de Chancellorsville, 1863), la compréhension du phénomène de la guerre qui fait son chemin dans l'esprit du jeune soldat, la simplicité du récit, la vérité de chaque détail, l'accent humain de certaines observations, font de ce roman, considéré par Joseph Conrad comme un chef-d'oeuvre, un classique de la littérature américaine. Il influencera durablement une génération d'écrivains, dont Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck et Erskine Caldwell.


  • Stephen Crane (1 November 1871 - 5 June 1900) was a prolific American writer famous for The Red Badge of Courage (1895). The Blue Hotel traces the fears of five men during a winter in the late 1800s and takes place in a small Nebraska town in a space of less than twenty-four hours. Sometimes called A Study in Fear, it is full of the harshness of the old west.From its beginnings in 1956 to today, the Joint European Series (JES) of Classics Illustrated has provided youthful minds with beautifully-illustrated comic book adaptations of the world's most beloved stories by the world's greatest authors. These books encourage a love of reading and adventure.A collection of Classics Illustrated books is an inviting start to any young person's library.

  • This is the story about four men who are in a lifeboat after they get in a shipwreck. This is based on a true story. The author (Stephen Crane) was on a ship called the Commodore. On New Years Eve, the ship crashed and he was left in a lifeboat trying to survive.From its beginnings in 1956 to today, the Joint European Series (JES) of Classics Illustrated has provided youthful minds with beautifully-illustrated comic book adaptations of the world's most beloved stories by the world's greatest authors. These books encourage a love of reading and adventure.A collection of Classics Illustrated books is an inviting start to any young person's library.

  • These four landmark novels of nineteenth-century American literature have gained a permanent place in our culture as great classics. They are not only part of our national heritage, but masterpieces of world literature whose deep and lasting influence is felt to this day.
    The Scarlet Letter vividly records America's moral and historical roots in Puritan New England and masterfully re-creates a society's preoccupation with sin, guilt, and pride.
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn carries readers along on Huck's unforgettable journey down the Mississippi in America's foremost comic epic--the first great novel in a truly American voice.
    The Red Badge of Courage re-creates the brutal reality of war and its psychological impact on a young Civil War soldier in one of the most moving and widely read American novels.
    Billy Budd, Sailor, and Other Stories joins the world's great tragic literature as a doomed seaman becomes the innocent victim of a clash between social authority and individual freedom.
    From the Paperback edition.

  • Henry Fleming, a raw Union Army recruit in the American Civil War, is anxious to confirm his patriotism and manhood--to earn his badge of courage. But his dreams of heroism and invulnerability are soon shattered when he flees the Confederate enemy during his baptism of fire and then witnesses the horrible death of a friend. Plunged unwillingly into the nightmare of war, Fleming survives by sheer luck and instinct. This edition of Stephen Cranes poignant classic is supplemented by five of his acclaimed short stories as well as selected poetry, offering the full range of this great American authors extraordinary talent.
    Includes five of Crane's short stories: "The Open Boat", "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky", "The Blue Hotel", "The Self-Made Man", and "The Veteran" Features a new introduction and notes by American literature scholar Gary Scharnhorst

  • Stephen Crane's first novel is the tale of a pretty young slum girl driven to brutal excesses by poverty and loneliness. It was considered so sexually frank and realistic, that the book had to be privately printed at first. It and GEORGE'S MOTHER, the shorter novel that follows in this edition, were eventually hailed as the first genuine expressions of Naturalism in American letters and established their creator as the American apostle of an artistic revolution which was to alter the shape and destiny of civilization itself.
    From the Paperback edition.

  • Here is Stephen Crane's masterpiece, The Red Badge of Courage, together with four of his most famous short stories. Outstanding in their portrayal of violent emotion and quiet tension, these texts led the way for great American writers such as Ernest Hemingway.

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