Stephen Crane gained almost instant critical success with the 1895 publication of The Red Badge of Courage. With his death just five years later, his work saw little attention until the 1950s. Today his powerful evocation of universal fear and self-discovery speaks to modern readers as much as it did to Crane's contemporaries. This series is edited by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, New York University Graduate School. These texts presents critical essays that reflect a variety of schools of criticism on the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature. Each volume also contains an introductory essay by Harold Bloom, critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index.