Maggie: A Girl of the Streets: (A Story of New York) Hardcover – Jan 15 1999
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This harrowing tale of a young girl in the slums is a searing portrayal of turn-of-the-century New York, and Stephen Crane's most innovative work. Published in 1893, when the author was just twenty-one, it broke new ground with its vivid characters, its brutal naturalism, and its empathic rendering of the lives of the poor. It remains both powerful, severe, and harshly comic (in Alfred Kazin's words) and a masterpiece of modern American prose.
This edition includes Maggie and George's Mother, Crane's other Bowery tales, and the most comprehensive available selection of Crane's New York journalism. All texts in this volume are presented in their definitive versions. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Basically, it is the story of Maggie, an undeveloped character who takes the back-seat to her loud and abusive parents, her swaggering, self-confident brother Jimmie and his friend, the boastful Pete.
The novel chronicles the injustices that surround Maggie, who is quiet and doesn't fight back. A chilling look at poor, urban life in the late 1800's, it is also a tale critical of society's judgmentality and questioning of morality. A more complex novel than it seems on first look, it is wonderful to take apart and examine the relationship between Maggie and Pete, Maggie and her mother, and Maggie and Jimmie.
Most importantly, however, are the quiet moments of transcendence in this novel.
This is not just a book to be read as an assignment, read it for the realistic view of history as a slice of life to understand what New Yorker's were going through then, and as a parable to ghetto life today. Some things have changed but some still stay the same......plus ca change.......
I also found Crane's style very addictive. When I moved on to my next novel, I truly missed Cran's writing style. If you haven't read any of Crane's works, I suggest you start off with Maggie to see how you like him.
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Most recent customer reviews
Stephen Crane is a sham of an author. By overuse of hyperbole and a difficult to follow dialect, the reader is left groping for direction. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2001
I didn't like it, sad sad sad! Oh the pain Maggie goes through! Just horrific! Terrible and soo depressing. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2000
Unbeknownst to many, Dr. Kevin Hayes has included "lost" text that has never been printed in Maggie. Read morePublished on March 10 2000
But I would also give THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE 5 stars. Crane's early death has an unquestionable literary tragedy. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 1999 by Robert Moore
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