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One of the most influential anti-war stories ever written The Red Badge of Courage was adapted as a film in 1951 by John Huston.
Crane wanted to show what war was like and achieved a ground breaking 'psychological portrayal of fear'.
The story follows an archetypical 19 year old recruit in the American Civil War.
The books tells the true story of attacks by man-eating lions on the Uganda railway in Tsavo Kenya in 1898.
Over one hundred people were killed in under a year. The attacks stopped only after the all the lions had been tracked down and killed by Patterson.
In the 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness Val Kilmer played Patterson.
A short time before the outbreak of WWI the Desnoyers family move from Argentina to France. The family includes both French and German elements and the war only amplifies existing tensions.
Argentine son Julio must choose between his current dissolute lifestyle and stepping up to the responsibilities the war brings, and then live with the consequences...
Hutchinson makes a compelling story out of a difficult subject; an unhappy marriage, a divorce, and an unwed mother who commits suicide.
The book was almost immediately adapted as a film, and also republished in the 1940's.
Sinclair Lewis is the first American to receive a Nobel Price for literature. Main Street was initially awarded the 1921 Pulitzer Price, but the Board of Trustees overturned the jury decision and awarded the prize to Edith Wharton for Age of Innocence.
The novel is an indictment of the 'vacuous respectability' of small town America and an exploration of the conflict between those who strive for intensity and those who are content with a routine existence.
Lewis's characters are skillfully drawn and he shows subtle and compelling insights into their psychology.
In spite of it's critical stance the initial publication of the book was a political and and social event.
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