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Before his untimely death at the age of 28, Stephen Crane produced the most innovative writing of his generation. When he was just 21, he began The Red Badge of Courage. This is the powerful story of a young Union soldier under fire for the first time. Each book features an introductory essay by one of a leading writer, as well as a detailed chronology of the author's life and career, an essay on the choice and history of the text, and notes.