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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.
"A delightful love story of English Life -- a love story conducted along lines that are refreshingly novel. The story is told with a charm of style that will captivate the reader." -- Publishers Weekly 1909
Set in 17th century Boston, a puritan community, Hester Prynne gives birth to a daughter, Pearl, after committing adultery. Refusing to name her lover, she is forced to wear the scarlet letter "A" as punishment for her secrecy and adulterous crime. Shamed by the community, Hester attempts to create a new life. Hester Prynne is the first true heroine of American fiction. The Scarlet Letter is Nathaniel Hawthorne's masterpiece.
Tarkington was a widely read and prolific multiple Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and dramatist.
The story uses a tale of two families following different trajectories but linked by romance to provide a glimpse of the changes induced by industrialization and urbanization.
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