The Red Badge of Courage

Stephen Crane’s Red Badge Of Courage is another one of those books most American’s of a certain age were assigned to read in school, and for many, because it was assigned reading there was no pleasure to be found in these pages.

It is a shame, and the story is certainly one worth revisiting, with some extra years and experiences behind each of us, and a fresh appreciation for the lead character’s journey as he faces war, adulthood, reality… and finally ends up with that Red Badge of Courage that not only makes the title, but makes this story an American Classic.

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