A Mouthful of Dust

Douglas Savage


The portrait of a writer in search of his own red badge of courage.

Through historical fiction Douglas Savage has created a psychological portrait of novelist Stephen Crane (The Red Badge of Courage). Against the backdrop of the lush countryside and treachery of Cuba just after the Spanish-American War, A Mouthful of Dust does what no biographer can do—examine the heart and soul of a 27-year-old writer grappling with his own death.

ISBN: 978-0-9842252-8-6
$15.95 | 224 pp. | A Paperback Original

Praise for A Mouthful of Dust

“Douglas Savage’s writing is so compelling that Stephen Crane himself could have written A Mouthful of Dust.” —David Halliburton, PhD, author of The Color of the Sky: A Study of Stephen Crane

A Mouthful of Dust is an enticing read that explores the soul of a soldier, and of a writer. Highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review

“In Douglas Savage’s novel A Mouthful of Dust, I found an old compañero—still burning himself out, still living, though barely, inside the ‘story under his hand.’ I loved the surprise ending in A Mouthful of Dust and I think Crane—who surely got through to Douglas Savage—would have, too..” —Linda H. Davis, author of Badge of Courage: The Life of Stephen Crane

“For readers who are familiar with The Red Badge of Courage, even minimally, this book is a literary feast, not just for its insights into Stephen Crane and his life, but also for the way Crane’s creativity may have influenced his mental state near the end of this life” —Mary Whipple, Seeing The World Through Books blog

“Powerful, and haunting. A tour de force, and a real treat.” —Perry Lentz, PhD, author of Private Fleming at Chancellorsville: The Red Badge of Courage

About the author

Douglas Savage

Douglas Savage

A Mouthful of Dust is Douglas Savage’s seventh novel, perhaps his most experimental and ambitious. His novel The Court Martial of Robert E. Lee was acclaimed for its intimate portrait of Robert E. Lee and the general’s family following the blood bath at Gettysburg. It was a main selection of the History Book Club and an alternate main selection of the Book of the Month Club. Savage is a graduate of Ohio’s College of Wooster and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University. His nonfiction publications include seven books on the American Civil War.