Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

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Broadview Press, Sep 11, 2006 - Fiction - 200 pages
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First published in 1893, when Stephen Crane was only twenty-one years old, Maggie is the harrowing tale of a young woman’s fall into prostitution and destitution in New York City’s notorious Bowery slum. In dazzlingly vivid prose and with a sexual candour remarkable for his day, Crane depicts an urban sub-culture awash with alcohol and patrolled by the swaggering gangland “tough.” Presented here with its companion piece George’s Mother and a selection of Crane’s other Bowery stories, this edition of Maggie includes a detailed introduction that places the novel in its social, cultural, and literary contexts.

The appendices provide an unrivalled range of documentary sources covering such topics as religious and civic reform writing, slum fiction, the “new journalism,” and literary realism and naturalism. An up-to-date bibliography of scholarly work on Crane is also included.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
8
A Brief Chronology
23
A Note on the Text
24
A Girl of the Streets
25
Other New York Writings
90
2 An Experiment in Misery 22 April 1894
137
3 An Experiment in Luxury 19 April 1894
147
Crane on Realism and Maggie
175
2 From a Letter to Lily Brandon Munroe April 1893
176
4 Letter to Ripley Hitchcock 10 February 1896
177
The New Journalism
178
2 From David G Croly interview 1875
184
3 From Lincoln Steffens Autobiography 1931
186
Reviews
188
2 From William Dean Howells New York World 26 July 1896
189

4 An Ominous Baby 9 May 1894
154
The Slum and Its Reformers
158
2 From Thomas De Witt Talmage Night Scenes of City Life 1892
163
3 From Charles Loring Brace The Dangerous Classes of New York 1872
167
Slum Fiction From Edgar Fawcett The Evil That Men Do 1889
170
3 William Dean Howells Academy 18 August 1900
190
4 From Unsigned Nashville Banner 15 August 1896
191
5 From HDTraill Fortnightly Review 1 January 1897
193
Select Bibliography
196
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Adrian Hunter is Lecturer in English Studies at the University of Stirling.

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