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Stephen Crane was an American novelist, poet, and journalist. He is noted for his early employment of naturalism, a literary style in which characters face realistically portrayed and often bleak circumstances, but Crane added impressionistic imagery and biblical symbolism to the austere realism. Here are two of his most famous stories, “The Open Boat” and “An Episode of War.”

The Open Boat

This harrowing short story is based on an actual event from the author’s life—the sinking of a ship on which he was a passenger in 1897.

An Episode of War

An army lieutenant concentrates on rationing out his company’s supply of coffee, meticulously dividing the brown squares before him, when a shot rings out. The enlisted men, startled by the noise, suddenly see blood saturating their lieutenant’s sleeve. In pain, the wounded officer sways, winces in disbelief, mutely surveys the forest, and tries instinctively and clumsily to sheathe the sword that he has been using to count out the coffee packets. His mind swirls with mysterious revelations about existence and the meaning of life…

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  • “This short production contains two of Crane’s best-known stories. In each, the dispassionate narration, tinged with a touch of bewilderment, capably conveys Crane’s naturalistic point of view, which sees individuals as being subject to uncaring forces beyond their control.”

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