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The Red Badge of Courage: an episode of the American Civil War 151 editions

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About the Book

The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane (1871–1900). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer.

Although Crane was born after the war, and had not at the time experienced battle first-hand, the novel is known for its realism. He began writing what would become his second novel in 1893, using various contemporary and written accounts (such as those published previously by Century Magazine) as inspiration. It is believed that he based the fictional battle on that of Chancellorsville; he may also have interviewed veterans of the124th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, commonly known as the Orange Blossoms. Initially shortened and serialized in newspapers in December 1894, the novel was published in full in October 1895. A longer version of the work, based on Crane's original manuscript, was published in 1982.

The novel is known for its distinctive style, which includes realistic battle sequences as well as the repeated use of color imagery, and ironic tone. Separating itself from a traditional war narrative, Crane's story reflects the inner experience of its protagonist (a soldier fleeing from combat) rather than the external world around him. Also notable for its use of what Crane called a "psychological portrayal of fear", the novel's allegorical and symbolic qualities are often debated by critics. Several of the themes that the story explores are maturation, heroism, cowardice, and the indifference of nature. The Red Badge of Courage garnered widespread acclaim, what H. G. Wells called "an orgy of praise", shortly after its publication, making Crane an instant celebrity at the age of twenty-four. The novel and its author did have their initial detractors, however, including author and veteran Ambrose Bierce. Adapted several times for the screen, the novel became a bestseller. It has never been out of print and is now thought to be Crane's most important work and a major American text.
(Wikipedia)

151 editions First published in 1855

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The red badge of courage
- 3rd ed.
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The red badge of courage
- 2d ed.
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Publish date unknown, Oxford University Press
The red badge of courage
in English
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Publish date unknown, Folio Society
The red badge of courage
in English - 2nd ed.
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Publish date unknown, Tuttle Publishing
The Red Badge of Courage
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1855, Macmillan
The red badge of courage
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1895, D. Appleton
The red badge of courage
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1895, D. Appleton and company
The red badge of courage
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1895, D. Appleton and Company
The Red Badge of Courage
in English
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1895, D. Appleton and company
The red badge of courage
Microform in English
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1896, D. Appleton
The red badge of courage
Microform in English
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1900, Collins
The red badge of courage.
in English
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1925, Modern Library
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1925, D. Appleton and company
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1926, D. Appleton and company
The red badge of courage.
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1940, London
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1942, Washington Square Press
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1942, Modern Library
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1942, Penguin Books
The red badge of courage
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1944, Heritage Press
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1944, Heritage Press
The red badge of courage
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1944, Limited Editions Club
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1951, Folio Society
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1951, Modern Library
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1951, World Pub. Co.
The red badge of courage.
in English
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1952, Grosset & Dunlap
The red badge of courage.
in English
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1953, Globe Book Co.
The red badge of courage.
in English - A school ed., by Frederick Houk Law.
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1954, Chekhov
Alyĭ shevron muzhestva.
in Russian
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1954, Chekhov Pub. House
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in Russian
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1959, Landsborough Publications
The red badge of courage
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1960, Harcourt, Brace
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1960, The New American Library
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1960, Oxford University Press
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1960, Hutchinson Educational
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1960, The New American Library
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1962, Macmillan
The red badge of courage.
in English
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1962, Norton
The red badge of courage
in English - [1st ed.]
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1962, Farrar, Straus and Cudahy
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1962, MacMillan
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1962, Collier-Macmillan
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1964, Bobbs-Merrill
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1964, Folio Society
The red badge of courage
in English - 2nd ed.
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1964, Folio Society
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1964, Harper & Row
The red badge of courage
in English
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1964, Jin ri shi jie she
Tie xue xiong shi
in Chinese - 880-02 Zai ban.
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1967, Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints
The red badge of courage.
in English
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1968, Ando
The red badge of courage.
in English
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1968, Golden Press
The red badge of courage.
in English - Unabridged. Illustrated by Harvey Kidder.
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1968, Cambridge Book Co.
The red badge of courage.
in English - [1st ed.
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1969, C. E. Merrill Pub. Co.
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1969, Fleet Press Corp.
The red badge of courage.
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1970, Reader's Digest Asso. Pty. Ltd.
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1970, Reader's Digest Asso. Pty. Ltd.
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1971, Dent, E. P. Dutton
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1971, Grosset & Dunlap
The red badge of courage.
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1972, NCR/Microcard Editions
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1973, Regents Pub. Co.
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1973, NCR/Microcard Editions
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1973, Macmillan
The red badge of courage.
in English
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1976, Norton
The red badge of courage
in English - 2d ed. / rev. by Donald Pizer.
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September 1976, Dell Pub Co
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1976, The Franklin Library
The red badge of courage
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June 1977, Andor Pub Co
Red Badge of Courage
Paperback
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December 1977, McDougal Littell
The Red Badge of Courage
Paperback
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December 1977, McDougal Littell
The Red Badge of Courage
Hardcover
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July 1977, Perfection Learning Prebound
The Red Badge of Courage
Unknown Binding
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January 1977, W W Norton & Co Inc
The Red Badge of Courage
in English
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1979, Franklin Library
The red badge of courage
in English - Limited ed.
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1979, Tale Blazer Book
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1980, G. K. Hall
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1980, Dent (etc.)
The red badge of courage
in English
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1981, Bantam
The red badge of courage
in English
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1981, Bruguera
La roja insignia del valor.
in Spanish
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1982, Norton
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in English
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1983, Penguin Books
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in English
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1983, Bantam Books
The red badge of courage
in English - New Bantam classic ed.
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1983, Franklin Library
The red badge of courage
in English - Limited ed.
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1984, Chatham River Press
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1985, Penguin
The red badge of courage
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September 1986, Running Press Book Publishers
The Red Badge of Courage
Hardcover in English - Rep edition
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August 1986, Dercum Pr Audio
Red Badge of Courage (Classics Collection)
Audio Cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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1986, Puffin
The red badge of courage
in English
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1987, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
The red badge of courage
Unknown Binding in English
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April 7, 1987, Puffin
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in English
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August 1987, Avon Books (Mm)
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1988, Portland House Illustrated Classics, Distributed by Crown Publishers
The red badge of courage
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1990, Vintage Books Library of America
The red badge of courage
in English - 1st Vintage Books/the Library of America ed.
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1990, Dover
The red badge of courage
in English
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June 1991, Fearon Publishers
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Paperback in English
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1992, Courage Books
The red badge of courage
in English
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1992, Courage Books
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1992, Barnes & Noble
The red badge of courage
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1992, J.M. Dent, C.E. Tuttle
The red badge of courage
in English
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1993, Modern Library
The red badge of courage
in English - Modern Library ed.
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1993, Oxford University Press
The red badge of courage
in English
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June 1993, Playmore Publishers
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School & Library Binding in English
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1993, Baronet Books
The red badge of courage
in English
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1993, Globe Book Co.
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in English
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1993, Everyman
The red badge of courage
in English - New ed.
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1994, Penguin
The Red Badge of Courage
in English - New ed.
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1994, Bloomsbury Books
The red badge of courage
in English
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1994, Norton
The red badge of courage
in English - 3rd ed / edited by Donald Pizer.
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1994, Wordsworth Edns.
The red badge of courage
in English - New ed.
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1994, W.W. Norton
The red badge of courage
in English - 3rd ed.
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1994, Puffin Books
Red Badge of Courage
in English - New ed.
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1995, Purple Mountain Press
The red badge of courage.
in English - An historically annotated ed. / by Charles J. LaRocca, 1st ed.
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1995, Wordsworth Editions
The red badge of courage
in English
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1996, Stanley Thornes
The red badge of courage
in English
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1997, Wordsworth
Red badge of courage
in English - New ed., complete and unabridged.
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1997, Transaction Publishers
The red badge of courage
in English
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June 1998, Edcon Pub Group
Red Badge of Courage
Paperback in English - Workbook edition
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June 1998, Konemann
Red Badge of Courage (Konemann Classics)
Hardcover in English - New Ed edition
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March 24, 1998, Modern Library
The Red Badge of Courage
Hardcover in English
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October 1999, Tandem Library
Red Badge of Courage (Pacemaker Classics)
School & Library Binding in English
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1999, D. Johnston
The red badge of courage
Electronic resource in English - V[ersion] 1.0.
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1999, Ironweed Press
The red badge of courage
in English - Comprehensive ed.
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1999, EMC/Paradigm Publishing
The red badge of courage
in English
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1999, Barron's
The red badge of courage
in English
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2000, Modern Library
The red badge of courage
in English - 2000 Modern Library pbk. ed.
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2000, Houghton Mifflin
The red badge of courage
in English
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2000, Random House Publishing Group
The Red Badge of Courage
E-book in English
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2001, G.K. Hall
The red badge of courage
in English
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January 2002, Abdo Pub Co (E)
Red Badge of Courage (Great Illustrated Classics)
Unknown Binding
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2002, Atheneum Books for Young Readers
The red badge of courage
in English
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2002, ABDO Pub.
The red badge of courage
in English
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December 2003, Tandem Library
Red Badge of Courage (Saddleback Classics)
School & Library Binding in English
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2003, NuVision Publications
The Red Badge of Courage
E-book in English
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July 2003, Tandem Library
Red Badge of Courage (Puffin Classics)
School & Library Binding in English
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June 2003, Heinle & Heinle Pub
The Red Badge of Courage
Paperback in English - Ppk edition
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2004, Fictionwise, Inc.
The Red Badge of Courage
E-book in English
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2004, Dover Publications
The red badge of courage
in English
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2004, Hanʾguk Haksul Chŏngbo
Pulgŭn mugong hunjang, kŏri ŭi yŏin maegi
in Korean - 880-03 Chʻopʻan.
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2005, eBooksLib
The Red Badge of Courage
eBook in English
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2005, Aladdin Paperbacks
The red badge of courage
in English
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2005, Thomson Wadsworth
The red badge of courage
in English
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May 19, 2005, Puffin
Red Badge of Courage
in English
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August 2005, Saddleback Educational Publishing, Inc.
The Red Badge of Courage
Audio CD in English
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2006, 1st World Library
The Red Badge of Courage
eBook in English
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August 26, 2006, Prestwick House
The red badge of courage
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2006, Chelsea House
The red badge of courage
in English - 1st hardcover library ed.
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2008, Pearson/Longman
The red badge of courage
in English
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2008, W.W. Norton & Co.
The red badge of courage
in English - 4th ed.
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2009, The Floating Press
The Red Badge of Courage
E-book in English
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2009, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
The red badge of courage
in English
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2010, Kennebec Large Print
The red badge of courage
in English
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2010, Penguin Group UK
The Red Badge of Courage
eBook in English
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2010, Everbind Anthologies
The red badge of courage
in English
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in English

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