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The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane had no personal experience of warfare when he wrote this novel, yet he successfully depicts the experiences, the terror, and the bravery of an ordinary soldier in the Civil War. Facing his own cowardice and the gruesome death of a friend, Henry Fleming finds courage and returns to fight with all illusions of the glory of war gone forever.

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