November 1: Stephen Crane
On this date in 1871, American novelist Stephen Crane was born.
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The Red Badge of Courage is an impressionistic novel by Stephen Crane about the meaning of courage, as it is narrated by Henry Fleming, a recruit in the American Civil War. It is one of the most influential American war stories ever written even though the author was born after the war and had never seen battle himself. Crane met and spoke with a number of veterans as a student and he created what is widely regarded as an unusually realistic depiction of a young man in battle. Complete audiobook and PDFs on Lit2Go, 7 chapters, Reading level: 6.5.
Published in 1897, The Open Boat is based on an actual incident from Stephen Crane’s life. While on his way to Cuba, Crane’s ship sank off the coast of Florida. Crane and other survivors were stranded at sea for thirty hours. They eventually made their way to safety in a small boat, but one of the men drowned while trying to swim to shore. Crane wrote this story soon after the incident occurred. Complete audiobook and PDFs on Lit2Go, 24 chapters, Reading level: 5.9.
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Background resources for The Red Badge of Courage.