Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

Front Cover, 2006 - Fiction
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Stupendously real and poignant, this novel narrates the story of a young girl driven to extremes by sheer poverty and loneliness. The vibrant character portrayal and use of slang take the reader back in time to 19th-century New York slums. We see the cultural and social milieu of that era through Maggie's eyes; the depiction being so real that one can not remain indifferent to it. Spell-binding!

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This book contains not only the short story of about 57 pages, but also about 200 pages of analysis, commentary and background as to both Crane and his work. Likely far too detailed for most readers ... Read full review

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Stephen Crane authored novels, short stories, and poetry, but is best known for his realistic war fiction. Crane was a correspondent in the Greek-Turkish War and the Spanish American War, penning numerous articles, war reports and sketches. His most famous work, The Red Badge of Courage (1896), portrays the initial cowardice and later courage of a Union soldier in the Civil War. In addition to six novels, Crane wrote over a hundred short stories including "The Blue Hotel," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," and "The Open Boat." His first book of poetry was The Black Riders (1895), ironic verse in free form. Crane wrote 136 poems. Crane was born November 1, 1871, in Newark, New Jersey. After briefly attending Lafayette College and Syracuse University, he became a freelance journalist in New York City. He published his first novel, Maggie: Girl of the Streets, at his own expense because publishers found it controversial: told with irony and sympathy, it is a story of the slum girl driven to prostitution and then suicide. Crane died June 5, 1900, at age 28 from tuberculosis.

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