The Black Riders and Other Lines is a book of poetry written by American author Stephen Crane (1871-1900). It was first published in 1895 by Copeland & Day. Black riders came from the sea. Three little birds in a row In the Desert Yes, I have a thousand tongues Once there came a man God fashioned the ship of the world carefully Mystic shadow, bending near me, I looked here I stood upon a high place, Should the wide world roll away, In a lonely place, "And the sins of the fathers shall be" If there is a witness to my little life, There was a crimson clash of war. "Tell brave deeds of war." There were many who went in huddled procession In heaven A god in wrath A learned man came to me once There was, before me Once I saw mountains angry Places among the stars I saw a man pursuing the horizon Behold, the grave of a wicked man There was set before me a mighty hill A youth in apparel that glittered "Truth," said a traveller Behold, from the land of the farther suns Supposing that I should have the courage Many workmen Two or three angels There was one I met upon the road I stood upon a highway A man saw a ball of gold in the sky I met a seer On the horizon the peaks assembled The ocean said to me once The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds And you love me Love walked alone I walked in a desert There came whisperings in the winds I was in the darkness Tradition, thou art for suckling children Many red devils ran from my heart "Think as I think," said a man Once there was a man I stood musing in a black world You say you are holy A man went before a strange God Why do you strive for greatness, fool? Blustering God "It was wrong to do this," said the angel A man toiled on a burning road A man feared that he might find an assassin With eye and with gesture The sage lectured brilliantly Walking in the sky Upon the road of my life There was a man and a woman There was a man who lived a life of fire There was a great cathedral Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground Once, I knew a fine song If I should cast off this tattered coat God lay dead in heaven A spirit sped
A rattling romance, full of humor, dash and incident. The hero, "the O'Ruddy," is an inimitable Irish blade, witty, audacious and irresistible. Stephen Crane was at work on the ms. of this novel, of which he had completed the greater part when he died. He had talked the novel over very thoroughly with his friend Robert Barr, one of his last requests being that Barr should finish it.
Oxford offers the most generously annotated edition of The Red Badge of Courage (1895), a vivid psychological account of a young man's experience fighting in the American Civil War based on Crane's reading of popular descriptions of battle. This volume also includes the short stories "The Open Boat"(1898), "The Monster"(1899), and "The Blue Hotel". The editors explore Crane's work from a fresh critical perspective, focusing on his role as an experimental writer, his modernist legacy, and his social as well as literary revisionism. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
A Girl of the Streets, The Red Badge of Courage, The Black Riders and Other Lines, The Open Boat and Other Tales of Adventure, War is Kind, Active Service, The Monster and Other Stories, Wounds in the Rain and The
Author: Stephen Crane
Stephen Crane (1871-1900) was an American novelist, poet and journalist. He is best known for his novel Red Badge of Courage (1895). His prose is highly original, a mix of impressionism, naturalism and symbolism. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893) In 1892 Stephen Crane published Maggie, Girl of the Streets at his own expense. It was a failure, considered to be immature. But more recently it has been considered to be one of the earliest American realistic novels, written with the same vividness as Crane's masterpiece - The Red Badge of Courage. Maggie is the story of a pretty girl who "blossomed in a mud puddle," was driven to prostitution, and killed herself while she was still a teenager. It is a milestone in uncompromising realism and in the early development of literary naturalism. The Red Badge of Courage (1895) Crane was then inspired to write his second novel - The Red Badge of Courage. He was tired of dryly written war stories and wondered what the men actually felt during the famous battles. The story follows 18 year old private Henry Fleming as he battles to survive, copes with guilt and eventually becomes a courageous fighter. The Black Riders and Other Lines (1895) Crane's poetry, which he called 'lines' rather than poems, was as strickingly new as his prose. It has a minimalist meter and rhyme and employs symbolic imagery to articulate irony and paradox. The Open Boat and Other Tales of Adventure (1898) Crane became shipwrecked in route to Cuba in early 1897, an experience which he transformed into his vivid short story masterpiece, The Open Boat. War is Kind (1899) War is Kind, contains more of Crane's poetry, in free verse without rhyme, meter, or even titles. The poems are typically short in length and although some poems, such as use stanzas and refrains, most do not. Crane was strikingly different to his peers because he allegory, dialectic and narrative situations. Active Service (1899) The hero of the story, Rufus Coleman, wishes to marry Marjory, the daughter of a professor. The father disapproves and drags his daughter off on a summer tour of Greece with a group of his students, only for a war to suddenly break out between Turkey and Greece. Rufus is determined to safe the group and to redeem himself in the eyes of the professor. The Monster and Other Stories (1899) These stories are considered by some to be Crane's greatest writings: - The Monster (1898) is about an African-American coachman who is considered to be a 'monster' after being horribly disfigured as a result of saving his master's son from a fire. The themes of prejudice, fear and isolation in small town America are explored. - The Blue Hotel (1898) is a story about a man who gets into trouble after staying at a hotel. - His New Mittens (1899) is a lovely tale of a boy's attempt to run away from home after his mother stops him from playing snowballs in his new mittens. Wounds in the Rain (1900) This is an excellent collection of stories, mostly told from the perspective of a correspondent reporting on the Cuban war of independence. They are moving, funny, and grim, relaying the horror of war but not in a heavy-handed way. The O'Ruddy (1903) This is Crane's final work, a romance, left unfinished at his death and completed by Robert Barr.
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." 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 afford- able hardbound editions of impor- tant works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy- fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torch- bearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inau- gurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.
Maggie is one of the most known works of the author. This story, perfectly laid out in New York's Bowery, dealt with doings and sayings of the people of the slums,—a reflection of the scenes and actions of city life as Crane saw it. While this work made no great impression on the general public, it brought the author to the attention of many literary men, especially William Dean Howells and Hamlin Garland, who encouraged Crane and helped him whenever they could find opportunity.
For someone who did not actually fight in the American Civil War, Stephen Crane was extraordinarily accurate in his description of the psychological tension experienced by a youthful soldier grappling with his desire to act heroically, his fears, and redemption. Stephen Crane's novel The Red Badge of Courage provides an extraordinary take on the battlefield experiences of a young soldier coming of age under extreme circumstances. His writing took place a generation after the war's conclusion, at a time when the entire nation was coming to grips with the meaning of the Civil War. It was during this time in the late 19th century that the battle over the memory of the war was taking place. This new, annotated edition of the novel is designed to guide readers through references made through Crane's characters and how they reflect Civil War military experiences—specifically how "the youth's" experiences reflect the reality of the multi-day battle of Chancellorsville, which took place in Virginia beginning on May 1, 1863, and concluded on May 4 of the same year. The annotated text is preceded by introductory essays on Crane and on the Civil War. Crane's short story "The Veteran" is also included to allow readers to better understand the post-war lives of Civil War soldiers. Explains key background information for better understanding The Red Badge of Courage Includes introductory essays on Crane and on the Civil War Provides the full text for both Red Badge and Crane's lesser-known short story "The Veteran" with comprehensive annotations that illuminate the links between the stories and their historical contexts
"Great Battles Of The Great War" is a masterwork of historical battle narratives of the First World War. Stephen Crane published this book for the Daily Chronicle. There are numerous maps added and it offers a perfect understanding of many military actions in the course of the war. Contents: I. The Heroic Defence Of Liége II. The Occupation Of Brussels. III. The Giant Conflict At Mons IV. The Masterly British Retreat. V. How Retreat Led To Victory VI. Louvain: The Brand Of Shame VII. The Dramatic Turning Point VIII. Paris Prepares For Siege IX. The Battle Of The Marne X. The Germans Hurled Back XI. The Battle Of The Rivers XII. A Historic Tug-Of-War XIII. The Fall Of Antwerp XIV. The Fight For The Channel XV. Britannia Rules The Waves XVI. At Helgoland And Elsewhere XVII. Losses And Gains At Sea XVIII. The Eastern Campaign XIX. The Conquering Russians XX. The Clash Of Slav And Teuton XXI. Great Events On The Vistula
This edition contains a wealth of Stepen Crane's best and most important short stories. Here comes an excerpt of the contents: The Open Boat A Man And Some Others The Bride Comes To Yellow Sky The Wise Men The Five White Mice Flanagan And His Short Filibustering Adventure Horses Death And The Child An Experiment In Misery The Men In The Storm The Duel That Was Not Fought An Ominous Baby A Great Mistake An Eloquence Of Grief The Auction The Pace Of Youth A Detail The Monster The Blue Hotel His New Mittens The Angel Child Lynx-Hunting The Lover And The Telltale "Showin' Off" Making An Orator Shame The Carriage-Lamps The Knife The Stove The Trial, Execution, And Burial Of Homer Phelps The Fight The City Urchin And The Chaste Villagers A Little Pilgrimage The Reluctant Voyagers The Kicking Twelfth The Upturned Face. The Shrapnel Of Their Friends. "And If He Wills, We Must Die." ...
A vividness of portraiture which puts The Third Violet on a high level—higher, we think, than Mr. Crane's very different Maggie, though perhaps lower than The Little Regiment, which is also very different. In his present book Mr. Crane is more the rival of Mr. Henry James than of Mr. Rudyard Kipling. But he is intensely American, which can hardly be said of Mr. Henry James, and it is possible that if he continues in his present line of writing he may be the author who will introduce the United States to the ordinary English world. We have never come across a book that brought certain sections of American society so perfectly before the reader as does The Third Violet. The picture is an extremely pleasant one, and its truth appeals to the English reader, so that the effect of the book is to draw him nearer to his American cousins. The Third Violet incidentally contains the best dog that we have come across in modern fiction. Mr. Crane's dialogue is excellent, and it is dialogue of a type for which neither The Red Badge of Courage nor his other books had prepared us.
Great Battles of the World is Stephen Crane's last and most important work, he having completed it just previous to his death. Since his first book Mr. Crane had not until the end returned to the subject that made him famous. He alone among the authors of the day was fitted to describe adequately the Great Battles of the World. His picturesque enthusiasm and wonderful genius in describing the stirring battle scenes in the decisive conflicts made a new era in the writings of history. The Great Battles of the World are: Vittoria The Siege Of Plevna The Storming Of Burkersdorf Heights A Swede's Campaign In Germany The Storming Of Badajoz The Brief Campaign Against New Orleans The Battle Of Solferino The Battle Of Bunker Hill
In "Active Service" Mr. Stephen Crane has applied his literary method, which aptly suits the unusual, to the commonplace. A battleﬁeld stands Mr. Crane's descriptive staccato. A newspaper ofﬁce does not. So far as the reader goes, the result is a story which opens with interest and closes with confused dull talk and incident. Mr. Crane has taken the new Sunday supplement newspaper man, had him fall in love with the daughter of a professor of Greek, put the professor, his family, and a chorus of students in the vortex of the Greek war and let the hero rescue them, with a comic opera singer thrown in to play Potiphar's wife to the Sunday supplement man's Joseph. This ought to be interesting to the end, but it is interesting only abont to the middle, the illusion of reality being lost midway. Now Mr. Crane is a realist.
This set comprises 40 volumes covering 19th and 20th century European and American authors. These volumes will be available as a complete set, mini boxed sets (by theme) or as individual volumes. This second set compliments the first 68 volume set of Critical Heritage published by Routledge in October 1995.