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Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Christopher Graybill Publisher: Simply Magazine Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781614960164
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“An Episode of War,” which is quite short, is an unexpected Stephen Crane jewel. Crane is best known for three short stories, “The Open Boat,” thought by many to be the best short story ever written, “The Blue Hotel,” and “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky.”

“An Episode of War” is perhaps the best known of the other ten Crane stories Simply recorded. It deserves to be right up there with the top three. As Simply says, this is not an NFL Power ranking, or a compare and contrast assignment. This is your opportunity to enjoy many of Crane’s other illuminating and moving works. “An Episode of War” captures the randomness, futility, and danger of wartime as the Lieutenant is wounded while dividing up coffee for his men. A long distant random shot wings his arm. He seeks out help and is given the wrong kind by a well-intentioned stranger. The gruff doctor promises to take care of it without amputation, but amputation is performed. The Lieutenant is greeted at home by family and friends and says, “Oh I don’t suppose it matters so much as all that.” The Lieutenant has seen so many die, be traumatized, and having worse injuries, that he views his own as a lesser event. He got home alive; many did not. Another remarkable and under-appreciated work by Mr. Crane.

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About the Author

Stephen Crane (1871–1900) was an American novelist, poet, and journalist. He worked as a reporter of slum life in New York and a highly paid war correspondent for newspaper tycoons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. He wrote many works of fiction, poems, and accounts of war, all well received but none as acclaimed as his 1895 Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. Today he is considered one of the most innovative American writers of the 1890s and one of the founders of literary realism.

About the Narrator

Christopher Graybill has performed solo or partial narration for more than seventy-five audio books, including Listen Up and Audie Award winners.