It is a constant fixture on reading lists for high school students and is discussed at length in college English and history courses.
Volumes of critical work have been done on the novel, and it has been subject to multiple film and television interpretations.
Since Crane had agreed on the cuts with his editor, a "true" version may not really exist, even if the manuscripts contain unpublished material that Crane initially preferred.
Critics felt that the editor was now more important than the writer in this case.
He amazing things if he's a hero or if he is merely a coward.
In the very beginning of the war, Henry worries fighting at the expense of his own life.
He's young and immature, so he enlists for all your wrong reasons.
The only reason he joins the military is for the glory.
It is part of the strain of realist or naturalist literature also taken up by Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and Mark Twain in the late 19th century.
At the time of the book's publication Crane had already published 's series "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War." He wrote while spending the summer at his brother's New Jersey house as well as New York City, which he moved back to in October.