American poet, writer and journalist Stephen Crane (1871-1900) secured his reputation as a prominent literary figure with the 1895 publication of his Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage. At the time of the book's writing Crane had no first-hand knowledge of battle, however he went on to report as a correspondent for the Spanish-American War in 1896.
His many works provided much inspiration to Modernist literature, and Hemingway included The Red Badge of Courage in his 1942 publication Men at War: The Best War Stories of All Time. In the introduction he noted: it 'is one of the finest books of our literature, and I include it entire because it is all as much of a piece as a great poem is.' The novel was also adapted to a BAFTA-nominated film bearing the same title in 1951.