Old Favorites: Stephen Crane

We’re focusing on newer books, movies, and television shows for 2018, but that doesn’t mean we’re entirely ignoring old favorites! After all, what’s that saying–what’s old may just become new again (or something like that)?

November 1st marked the 147th anniversary of Stephen Crane’s birth. Crane’s life was tragically cut short by tuberculosis, but he still made a mark on modern American literature during his 28 years.

Fittingly for us to remember in the month that also commemorates Veterans Day (and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I), Crane is probably best known for a war novel: the classic The Red Badge of Courage.

However, there is more to Crane’s work than just the story of a young Union soldier named Henry Fielding. . . .

For starters, he was an amazing short story writer. (Truthfully, as much as I like his classic novel, I like his short stories better.)

At the library, we have collections that let you listen to some of his classic shorter works (as well as several other justifiably famous short stories):


If you’d rather read a good short story collection that features some of Crane’s shorter work–as well as that of other authors–you have your pick between war stories and mysteries:

Yes, Crane was that versatile.

Or maybe you prefer giving his raw social realism novel about poverty in turn-of-the-century New York City a try*:


*Ebook also available on Libby.

But if you would rather revisit The Red Badge of Courage**--or pick it up for the first time–we have you covered there too.

You can read it:

Red Badge book

You can listen to it:

Red Badge audio

You can watch it:


The choice is yours!

**Ebook and audiobook also available on Libby.

Please follow this link to our online library catalog to learn more about any item mentioned.

Are you a Stephen Crane fan? Do you like short stories as much as I do? What’s the best war novel? Tell us in the comments!

Author: berryvillelibrary

"Our library, our future"

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