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An Episode of War: Introduction
An Episode of War: Plot Summary
An Episode of War: Detailed Summary & Analysis
An Episode of War: Themes
An Episode of War: Quotes
An Episode of War: Characters
An Episode of War: Terms
An Episode of War: Symbols
An Episode of War: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Stephen Crane
Historical Context of An Episode of War
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- Full Title: An Episode of War
- When Written: 1899
- Where Written: Crane allegedly began the story after a visit to Civil War battlefields in Northern Virginia.
- When Published: 1899
- Literary Period: Postbellum
- Genre: Realism, American Naturalism, Short Story
- Setting: An anonymous Civil War battlefield.
- Climax: The wounded lieutenant becomes overwhelmed by his fear of medical treatment.
- Antagonist: The rude officer and the mean surgeon that the lieutenant encounters behind the scenes.
- Point of View: Third-Person Omniscient.
Extra Credit for An Episode of War
Imagination. Though Crane is famous for capturing the harsh realities of the American Civil War, he was born after it ended and thus never saw it himself. He studied first-person accounts of the war to make his own fiction more realistic.
Stranded. In his time as a war correspondent, Crane was aboard the SS Commodore when it sank off the coast of Florida. He survived for 30 hours on a small lifeboat, an experience which later became his short story “The Open Boat.”