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Private Fleming at Chancellorsville; The Red Badge of Courage and the Civil War.


Private Fleming at Chancellorsville; The Red Badge of Courage and the Civil War.

Lentz, Perry.

U. of Missouri Press


359 pages



Shades of blue and gray series


As an American literature professor, Lentz (English, Kenyon College, Ohio) has taught Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage over some 35 years to countless numbers of students, and, in the course, has discovered new aspects with each rereading of the novel. He draws on his experiences both as an educator and as the author of two historical novels on the Civil War in creating a new assessment of Crane's renowned work. Lentz incorporates the facts of its historical setting into a close literary consideration of how the novel works upon the imagination to enrich a reader's understanding of human reality in general and of historical reality in particular.

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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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