The publication of The Red Badge of Courage in 1895 brought Stephen
Crane instant fame at age 23. At 28, he was dead. In the brief span
of his literary career, Crane enjoyed a significant measure of
renown as well as notoriety, but his reputation rested almost
entirely upon his war novel, and he felt that his talent had
ultimately been misjudged. To this day, most educated American
readers know him only as the author of the most realistic Civil War
novel ever written, three or four action-packed short stories, and
a handful of iconoclastic free-verse poems. This reference book
provides a more complete picture of Crane's short but furiously
creative life and encourages a more extensive appreciation of his
works. Entries are provided for works, characters, persons, and
other topics related to his life and writing, and many entries list
sources of additional information. The volume also includes a
chronology and a bibliography of the most important studies about
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