Barron's Simplified Approach to the Red Badge of Courage: Stephen Crane

Barron's Simplified Approach to the Red Badge of Courage: Stephen Crane

Barron's Simplified Approach to the Red Badge of Courage: Stephen Crane

Barron's Simplified Approach to the Red Badge of Courage: Stephen Crane

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STEPHEN CRANE, BORN ON NOVEMBER 1, 1871, in Newark, New Jersey, was the frail, fourteenth child of Rev. Dr. Jonathan Townley Crane, a Presbyterian turned Methodist minister, and his vigorous Methodist wife Mary Helen Peck Crane. In all, nine of their children survived infancy, including Crane, who was the last and perhaps therefore the favorite.

Crane's father, who was Princeton-educated, wrote religious books warning his readers of the dangers of idle amusements like card-playing and drinking and the theater but was evidently otherwise intelligent, kindly, and even humor-loving. He found it difficult to feed his big family on meagre church stipends and therefore moved about a good deal, to Bound Brook, then Paterson, and finally in 1878 out of New Jersey to Port Jervis, New York, where young Crane first went to school. Since he was almost seven and had learned to read and write at home, he found school so easy that within six weeks he went through the first two grades. He did have to ask his mother once, however, how to spell "O," but that was when he was younger. He remembered many pleasant carriage rides with his father, who took him along as he . . .

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