About the BookStephen Crane provides a general overview of all of Stephen Crane’s major works and many of his minor ones. It seeks to understand the many literary genres in which Crane wrote: newspaper journalism, novel, poetry, sketch, and short story. After a brief biographical introduction, the chapters are organized in a rough chronological fashion and trace Crane’s development as a writer from the early newspaper contributions that form the Sullivan County sketches to Maggie, his first novel, and The Black Riders, his first collection of verse. Subsequent chapters treat Crane’s short stories and two other novels, The Third Violet and The Red Badge of Courage, the work that shaped Crane’s reputation. Red Badge was recognized by many as the finest war novel in English, and Crane subsequently devoted much effort to writing more about war. Another chapter treats his war correspondence, and the conclusion returns to the subject of war to examine how wars have helped to shape Crane’s popular and critical reception.About the Author/sKevin J. Hayes is a Professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on early and modern American literature. His many publications include: Melville’s Folk Roots (1999) and Roe and the Printed Word (2000); and (as editor) Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1999) and The Cambridge Companion to Edgar Allan Poe (2002).