10. The Short Stories of Stephen Crane

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director2 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow3
  1. Paul Sorrentino Professor founder

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch10

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Sorrentino, P. (2010) The Short Stories of Stephen Crane, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. Virginia Tech, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910



  • transition into the new century;
  • short stories of Stephen Crane;
  • Stephen Crane, best known as author of The Red Badge of Courage (1895);
  • narrative techniques and distinctive style - marked by irony and impressionistic responses to reality;
  • The Red Badge of Courage, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets or “The Monster” (1898) - chapters functioning as flashing glimpses of ever-changing reality;
  • Crane's New York City sketches and stories - blurring fact and fiction;
  • theme of conflict in Crane's urban fiction - getting treated comically and tragically in his Western stories;
  • Crane's first period of war fiction, “A Mystery of Heroism: A Detail of an American Battle” and “An Episode of War,” deserving special attention;
  • Crane's Whilomville Stories, not widely known - capturing joys and traumas of growing up in rural America


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading