|Characters in The Red Badge of Courage
QUESTION: Who are the main people in The Red Badge of Courage?
What part did they play in the war and how did Henery know them?
Shana MAthis Shanabug@charter.net
|"A Dark Brown Dog"
I am writing a paper on the short story A Dark Brown
Dog...there is not much information on this story so i have a few
1. What is the meaning of the story?
2. What events if any in Crane's life influenced the story?
3. Why does he not describe the setting, but goes into detail about the
QUESTION: i have a few questions......
1. What was the excat date of Mr.Crane's birth and death??
2. what was the accomplishments/schooling??
3. What was his family life/background like??
4. Motavation for writing??
5. Novels/stories he has wrote??
|These are questions that can be easily
answered by looking at an encyclopedia article on Stephen Crane or
by reading one of the books written about his life, such as The
Crane Log or Badge of Courage. He was born on November 1,
1871 and died on June 5, 1900. You can find a brief biographical sketch
that will answer most of these questions at this
Short Story about Two Soldiers?
I am looking for a short story by Stephen Crane about two men
in the American Civil war. They are friends walking along a road,
and when it comes time to choose which way to go they go separate
ways. Any suggestions are most welcome!
Tricia Rees 11/2/03
Criticism on Poem
Does anyone have any critiques about the poem "A man feared that
he might find an assassin?"Jillian Yarter 11/2/03
Crane and Bierce
I'M A FRENCH STUDENT AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT ARE THE MAIN
DIFFERENCES AND THE SIMILITUDES BETWEEN THE FAMOUS BOOK BY STEPHEN
CRANE " The Red Badge of courage" and AMBROSE BIERCE
STORY CHICKAMAUGA (1891)?
Nora, email@example.com 10/28/03
Criticism on Crane and Existentialism
Hello Professor Wertheim... I am a graduate student at William Paterson
University... I'm having a hard time finding any articles (in journals
or books) that may discuss the existential aspect of Crane's Open
Boat (or Maggie, Blue Hotel, Bride/Yellow Sky)... Are you aware of
any publications that have approached an existential reading of Crane?
Thank you... Assunta Trischka 10/21/03
i just wanted to say thank you to dr. wertheim for the reply to
my crane/existentialism question... i have read the buitenhuis article,
and one or two others... i just thought there'd be so much more...
anyway, i very much appreciate his thoughtful response... assunta
|The English Department at William Paterson University
rarely allowed me to get close to graduate students, so I am grateful
for this singular opportunity.
Since Crane often stressed the importance of chance and environmental
factors in determining human destiny, he is more often associated
with naturalism than with existentialism which stresses freedom
of choice and individual responsibility. Nevertheless, during the
height of the Existentialist movement in the 1950s and early 1960s,
critics often noted that in works such as Maggie and The
Red Badge romantic illusions and false values more than the
external environment influence the actions of Crane's characters.
This point of view was applied especially to "The Blue Hotel," where
it is apparent that the Swede's paranoia and misconceptions in
large part create the environment that destroys him. In their study
of "The Open Boat" critics also found that Crane was
as compelling as Camus in his treatment of the themes of initiation
into an indifferent universe and the necessity for social cohesion.
See especially Peter Buitenhuis. "The Essentials of life:
'The Open Boat' as Existentialist Fiction." Modern Fiction
Studies 5 (1959): 243-50. You should be able to find the journal
containing this essay in the William Paterson library, if the librarians
haven't "weeded" it yet.
"The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky":
QUESTION: I am writing a fiction essay by September 26th on Stephen
Crane on the story, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky. The topic of the
essay is to state whether or not most of what he wrote in that story
is autobiographical or not. Any information that can be provided
or direction to where to do some research will be appreciated. Nilsa
N. Clarke 9/15/03
| Authoritative Biography
I was wondering if someone could tell me what the most authoritative
biography of Stephen Crane is.
Christopher Geglia firstname.lastname@example.org
QUESTION: Which Biography is the most authoritative? Benfry or Davis?
The best and most factually accurate book is The Crane Log by
Paul Sorrentino and Stanley Wertheim. If you would like to read a
narrative account to get a sense of Crane's life, you might also
try Linda Davis's Badge of Courage.
| Influences on Stephen Crane
I need to know 3 major influences that inspired Stephen Crane!!!
Thanks in advance.
Crane's Middle Name
QUESTION: What's stephen crane's middle name?
|You can find the answer to this by looking in any of the Crane biographies
or The Crane Log. None of these sources lists a middle name.
"The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" I need of information
about the Work The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky of Stephen Crane, this
information that about tha characteristics of Realism and Naturalism
in the work
Crane and Literary Impressionism
I'm curious about Crane's relation to literary impressionism; does
anyone know how and why he became branded as such, and how it is
evident in his works?
Austin Johnson, email@example.com
You might try James Nagel's Stephen Crane and Literary Impressionism (Penn
State U P, 1980).
Some other works on Crane and literary impressionism are listed
in the current
bibliography and the 1980-1995
bibliography. You can also find these by using the Search feature
at this site. After you find the page or pages, use your browser's
Find feature (under Edit, Find in Internet Explorer) to search the
page for the term impressionism.
How Many Works Did Crane Complete?
I am doing a research paper, and I need to know how many completed
works that Stephen Crane wrote in his life time?? Can anyone please
help. Tina, firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources on "An Episode of War"
QUESTION: I am a college senior. I am writing a paper on Stephen
Crane's "An Episode of War." I was wondering where I
can find more resources on the subject. What about the imagery
of the glass arm? Is it a direct link to Crane's view of wars in
general? Sasha, 3/19/03
|The Search feature
shows that there are some articles in the 1980-1995
bibliography on this subject. Also, you might try Chester L. Wolford's Stephen
Crane: A Study of the Short Fiction. (Boston: Twayne Publishers,
1989), , Michael W. Schaefer's A Reader's Guide to the Short Stories
of Stephen Crane. (New York and London: G.K. Hall, 1996), or The
Stephen Crane Encyclopedia. .
| Color in Crane's Writing
Hello- I need help with figuring out a way that i can write a
research paper about the use of color in his writing- I know that
he use very decriptive words about color and how it all blends
together, but it has to be argumentative and I am not sure how
to do that- some information about this would be great or where
I can find something about this- thanks- boks
Bradley Bokal 3/19/03
|Crane, God, and Deism
QUESTION: i'm writing a paper on deism and Crane's work and life.
I was looking for information supporting what religious beliefs
Crane may have held. His work, especially his poetry, seemed to
showed a deistic view of the world and God. Deism is the belief
in God being responsible for the creation of the universe, but
other than that he doesnt really do anything. Do you know of any
information i could use for my paper or am i completely off the
mark with this thesis?Abigail D. Gastaldi, email@example.com
|Crane did not share the anthropomorphic,
omnipotent conception of God held by his Methodist forbears, and some
of his poems reflect the deistic conception that whatever force created
the universe somehow lost or relinquished control of a creation that
subsequently degenerated into purposelessness and chaos. This is reflected
in the following poem from The Black Riders:
God fashioned the ship of the world carefully
With the infinite skill of an All-Master
Made He the hull and the sails,
Held He the rudder
Ready for adjustment.
Erect stood He, scanning His work proudly.
Then-at fateful time-a wrong called,
And God turned, heeding.
Lo, the ship, at this opportunity,
Making cunning noiseless travel down the ways.
So that, forever rudderless, it went upon the seas
Going ridiculous voyages,
Making quaint progress,
Turning as with serious purpose
Before stupid winds.
And there were many in the sky
Who laughed at this thing.
Metaphor in "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky"
QUESTION: I'm doing an assignment on "The bride comes to yellow sky", but
i can't seem to find the controlling metaphor... please help! Susan
|Some of the questions and answers on this page may help you to find
the answer to this question.
Crane and Realism
I am doing a research paper on Steven Crane. I have to write about
his use of realism and naturalism, and his use of war themes. Can
you offer me anything good on these topics? I having problems finding
a good starting place.Ciera Allen
| Funnel-shaped tracks
QUESTION: I am doing a presentation concerning the last sentence
of "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky":
"His feet made funnel-shaped tracks in the heavy sand." I need to know
what the significance of this sentence is to the naturalistic theme.
Please help. Jennifer L., firstname.lastname@example.org
|Stanley Wertheim's overall take on the story seems to make sense. Along these lines, in spite of the fact that the guys cowering in the bar had well-established hiding places, I believe that highly dangeorus Scratchy is described, more or less, as "the last of his kind."
The notion that a "Wild West" marshal would take a wife suggests that his town had achieved a level of tranquility and domesticity perhaps not seen before. The first part of the story focuses a lot on how shocked the town was going to be when they learn that Potter had, essentially, eloped.
And so, does that mean that Wild West marshals had typically been single...??
vitoffs at aol.com 6/21/07
|QUESTION: I am a high school sophomore & I am required to write
a research paper on Stephen Crane. One of the requirements is to find
3 main influences why he wrote "The Red Badge of Courage".
The 3 I came up with are newspaper articles, conversations with war
veterans & the book "Battles & Leaders of the Civil War".
Now I need specific examples such as the name of the newspapers, the
name of some of the veterans & where to get a copy of the book.
I have looked everywhere & am hoping you can help me. My project
is due within the next week. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
|Criticism on Crane's Poetry
QUESTION: I am writing a paper comparing some of the war poetry
of Stephen Crane to the war poetry of Galway Kinnell. Part of the
assignment is to find literary criticism on the poets and I am
having trouble. Almost everything seems to be about Red Badge
of Courage and his other stories. I am specifically looking
for something written on the poems begining "Do not weep,
maiden, for war is kind" and "All-feeling God, hear in
the war-night"(Both from War is Kind). I am starting
to wonder whether there is anything out there, but anything anyone
has come across would be of great help.
You might want to try The Poetry of Stephen Crane by
Daniel Hoffman (1956) and Joseph Katz's edition of Crane's poems.
Several dissertations from the late 1960s and early 1970s deal with
Crane's poetry, and it is mentioned in other criticism.
|Why is the poem sometimes spelled The Red Badge of Courage, and others,
THE RED BANDGE OF COURAGE? (Notice that the second one is in all caps,
and "badge" has an "N" in it.)
Mark53189@aol.com (my e-mail address)
|"Bandge" is an incorrect spelling (probably a typo) for "badge."