In Henry's first skirmish, he quickly shows himself to be a coward."He commenced to exaggerate the strength, the skill, and the valor of those who were arriving.He did copious research on the Civil War for his text.
By 1896 the novel had gone through nine editions and Crane himself realized he was no longer "a black sheep but a star." A reviewer in the (1899), wrote that Crane had written "a spontaneous piece of work which seems to spurt and flow like a tapped stream from the depths of the writer's being." Some critics, including the writer Ambrose Bierce, attacked the novel for, among other things, being too imaginative, depicting soldiers poorly, and lacking in a coherent plot and grammatical/syntactical purity.For example, he initially named all of the soldiers more frequently but began crossing the names out and substituting more frequently titles like "the loud soldier" and "the tall soldier." The Bachellor, Johnson, & Bachellor newspaper syndicate agreed to serialize the work in December 1894 and it soon appeared in the and other papers across the country.This version was often slightly different from paper to paper, and, interestingly enough, did not include the last three chapters and ended with Henry and Wilson hearing the praise for their daring feat of capturing the flag.Since Crane had agreed on the cuts with his editor, a "true" version may not really exist, even if the manuscripts contain unpublished material that Crane initially preferred.Critics felt that the editor was now more important than the writer in this case.The story was successful and publication in book form was discussed with D. Crane was still revising the manuscript and agreed to several cuts for the 1895 publication.Some of these pages still exist but many others have been lost.This question takes on an important role throughout the storyplot, as it is the key factor in Henry Fleming's brain.This question helps Fleming and his fellow military in their changeover from boys to men., a coming-of-age tale set in an unnamed battle of the Civil War (most likely the Battle of Chancellorsville), is Stephen Crane's most famous novel.Serialized in 1894 and published in 1895 when he was only 23, the novel is routinely named as one of the greatest war novels of all time although, interestingly enough, Crane had no personal military experience.