Stephen Crane (1891–1900) is best known for his classic Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage. As a journalist, he explored the American West, Mexico and other parts of the world, applying to them all his keen powers of observation and his special sense of irony. This collection emphasizes his Western writings, most colorfully demonstrated by the title story and "The Blue Hotel," but also includes the Civil War tale, "The Little Regiment," the small-town boyhood fable, "His New Mittens," and the darkly humorous "The Five White Mice," set in Mexico City. These stories are punctuated by samples of Crane’s excellent and cryptic poetry.
This recording features Jonathan Fink, Robert Forster, Oscar-nominated star of Jackie Brown, Arte Johnson, best known for his multiple characters on Laugh-In, Audie Award-winning narrators Stephen Hoye and Stefan Rudnicki, and William Windom, whose film and TV credits range from the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird to the 1996 TV series Murder, She Wrote.