... The Red Badge of Courage... 
by Stephen Crane

May 21, 2001

Michael's latest venture....? See below to order  the radio broadcast!

http://www.opengroup.com/pabooks/066/0660185563.shtml  Net.Store USA ... to order

CBC Radio (Canada) is doing a radio drama co-production with BBC (British) Radio of an adaptation of the novel., " The       Red Badge of Courage", written by Stephen Crane about the American Civil War.  Mickey will be playing two characters;
Jim  Conklin and  Simpson  (no first name given)  who are fellow Union soldiers with the main character in the story, Henry Fleming  and figure prominently in his story.  Although the men are Northerner's,  most characters are written phonetically in the novel as speaking like boys from the South. With this in mind, Mickey did a Kentucky ( Bowling Green) accent for Jim Conklin, and a Virginia (Richmond)  accent for Simpson.

The taping  was done in January and will air in March., 2001

March 25 @ 10:05 PM EST on CBC Radio 1 which is 99.1 FM in Toronto

March 26 @ 9:05 PM EST on CBC Radio 2 (don't know station number)

April 15 @ 15:02 (local British time) on BBC

April 21 @ 21:02 (local British time) on BBC

If you listened to the broadcast and want to comment, contact Mr. James Roy.  To learn more about CBC Radio,  Click on the link below !!!!

James Roy
Executive Producer
CBC Radio Arts & Entertainment
Box 500, Station A
Toronto, Canada
M5W 1E6

(off) 416-205-5989
(fax) 416-205-5731


To request 'Red Badge of Courage' CD's .. ;D (Thanks , Nancy .for the information). 

phone: 1-877-Bowdens      or e-mail: radiodramaoncd@toronto.cbc.ca. and order by credit card.

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Letter from CBC..

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Radio Drama On CD

               March 26 , 2001
           Red Badge of Courage
               By Stephen Crane
               Dramatized for radio by James Saunders
               Henry Fleming is a young and inexperienced soldier, buffeted by panic, fear and
               visions of glory, as he faces his first battle (thought to be the Battle of
               Chancellorsville) in the American Civil War. He swaggers to keep up his spirit
               during the delay that precedes the slaughter and then, when he must finally join the
               fight, he flees from the field in unthinking fear. He is tormented to think that he has
               not earned the ‘red badge of courage’ of the wounded and, the next day, he returns
               to the fray and fights with bravery.
              Crane began writing Red Badge of Courage in 1893, nearly three decades after the
               Civil War, and before he had ever seen a battle; his knowledge was derived from
               the text "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War". Nevertheless, his famous novel has
               a nightmarish power and it established Crane’s reputation, and launched his own
               career as a war reporter.
               Red Badge of Courage is a co-production of the CBC and Pierpoint Production. It
               was produced in Toronto by Martin Jenkins, Greg DeClute and Colleen Woods.

CBC site


                                                                            Brief  Stephen Crane Biography

   Although he was born more than six years after the end of the American Civil War,
   Stephen Crane's novel The Red Badge of Courage depicted that war so vividly,
   and rendered the fears of men in battle so intensely, that many veterans who read
   the book were convinced that he was one of them. In a career of less than ten
   years, Crane produced a body of work that, in its striking and concise phrasing
   and its unflinching confrontation of smugness and hypocrisy, helped set the
   course of American fiction and poetry in the twentieth century.

   Born in Newark, New Jersey, on November 1, 1871, Stephen Crane was his
   parents' fourteenth (and last) child. His father, Dr. Jonathan Townley Crane, was a
   Methodist minister, as were his maternal grandfather and other relatives on both
   sides of his family. Dr. Crane's successive ecclesiastical appointments led the
   family to move in 1876 to Paterson, New Jersey, and in 1878 to Port Jervis, a
   town in upstate New York that, with its surrounding countryside, would become the
   setting for a number of Crane's works, including Whilomville Stories, the novel
   The Third Violet, and one of his greatest short stories, "The Monster." After Dr.
   Crane's death in 1880, his widow moved the family to Asbury Park, New Jersey.

   Crane attended the Hudson River Institute in Claverack, New York, from 1888 to
   1890, where he was taught history by John B. Van Petten, who had been an
   officer in the Civil War. In September 1890, he enrolled at Lafayette College to
   study mining engineering, but left without completing his first semester. He
   entered Syracuse University in January 1891, where he showed more interest in
   catching for the varsity baseball team than in his studies. In his single semester at
   Syracuse, he passed only one course of six--English literature, for which he
   received an A. He had also begun to write for the New York Tribune, and even
   though he was to lose that position the following year for writing a satirical account
   of a parade by the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, journalism would
   remain one of his principal means of support and avenues to fame for the rest of
   his brief life.

   Crane later maintained that he wrote his first major work of fiction, Maggie: A Girl
   of the Streets, in two days just before Christmas of 1891. He borrowed money
   from one of his brothers to have it printed, since he was unable to publish it
   commercially because of its bleak and uncompromising presentation of life in the
   slums of New York City: the title character is forced to turn to prostitution after
   being self-righteously rejected by everyone she has loved and trusted. The book
   appeared early in 1893 under the pseudonym Johnston Smith, and, while very few
   copies were sold, it won favorable attention from the influential novelists Hamlin
   Garland and William Dean Howells.

   Also in early 1893, Crane wrote a first version of what would become The Red
   Badge of Courage. This novel, his masterpiece, was published in 1895 in both
   the United States, where it became a bestseller, and England, where it also
   attracted a great deal of positive notice. In vivid and impressionistic prose,
   studded with the kinds of striking similes that were a hallmark of Crane's style, the
   novel relates the experiences of "the youth" Henry Fleming and his comrades as
   they test themselves on the field of battle. Also in 1895 appeared The Black
   Riders, the first of Crane's two collections of free verse. These often fable-like
   little poems, with their stripped-down lines and stark phrasing concentrated on the
   rendering of a single effect, were to influence the Imagist movement in
   Anglo-American poetry in the second decade of the twentieth century.

   Crane was himself a dashing figure, whose life was often as much of a story as
   anything that came from his pen. One night in September 1896, he interviewed
   several chorus girls for a series of articles about New York City. After leaving a
   restaurant at two in the morning, Crane and his party were stopped by a
   policeman named Charles Becker, who two decades later would be the principal
   figure in a much more notorious affair. Becker arrested Dora Clark, one of the
   women with Crane, on a charge of soliciting. Crane vigorously asserted her
   innocence in the matter and appeared in court to denounce the arresting officer.
   The incident caused a sensation in the then-lively world of New York City
   newspapers, with Crane exalted (largely by his own paper) as a selfless defender
   of womanhood and scourge of a corrupt police force, pilloried as a meddler and a
   publicity hound, and libeled as a drug addict and frequenter of prostitutes.
   Whatever Crane's motives may have been, the affair was a highly stressful one for
   him and took a great toll, costing him, among much else, the friendship of then
   New York City Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt.

   In November of 1896, Crane met Cora Taylor, an intelligent woman with literary
   inclinations several years his senior, who was operating a house of assignation in
   Jacksonville, Florida. She was to become his companion for the rest of his
   life--although she called herself Cora Crane and was introduced by Crane as his
   wife, no evidence of a marriage has ever come to light--and an untiring champion
   of his work and reputation after his death. They settled in England in 1897, where
   they were quickly accepted into a circle of British and American novelists,
   including Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Harold Frederic, and Ford Madox Ford.
   Meanwhile, Crane continued his astonishing productivity as both journalist and
   literary artist, covering the Greco-Turkish War in 1897 and the Spanish-American
   War in 1898, and publishing in the single year of 1898 some of his finest short
   stories, "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," "Death and the Child," "The Monster,"
   and "The Blue Hotel."

   In the last year or so of his life, Crane suffered from increasingly virulent attacks of
   tuberculosis, aggravated by a punishing work schedule. Many of these writing
   projects were hack work undertaken out of financial need. With their money
   virtually gone and surviving on the generosity of friends, Cora brought Stephen to
   a health spa at Badenweiler, Germany, where he died on June 5, 1900, at the
   age of twenty-eight.

   Although there was an element of romance and swagger in his life and in some of
   his writing, his best work remains as fresh and effective as when it was written.
   Identifying with the fearful and the outcast, attacking complacency and intolerance,
   presenting even the most unsavory aspects of existence, disciplining style and
   structure to a unity of effect, and doing all of these things in works of great power
   and insight, Stephen Crane made permanent contributions not only to the body of
   American literature but also to its very shape and direction.

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