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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics) [Paperback]

Stephen Crane
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31 Aug 1995 Wordsworth Classics

With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D.,

Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.

 During his tragically short life, Stephen Crane gained fame as a vividly distinctive writer. His stories of evolving American society are unflinchingly realistic and shrewdly ironic. ‘Maggie: A Girl of the Streets’ tells of Maggie’s seduction and downfall into prostitution amid the harsh world of the Bronx, where life is a battlefield.

                The other tales offer a diversity of insights into social hypocrisy, child psychology, and the wild violence of the frontiersmen. Such violence is ruthlessly depicted in ‘The Blue Hotel’. This collection of stories is replete with lively dialogue, ominous atmospheres, dry humour and graphic incidents.

                Praised by Joseph Conrad and Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Crane’s memorable tales have become enduringly influential.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New Ed edition (31 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853265594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853265594
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 12.6 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak and Realistic 27 Mar 2013
When Stephen Crane started work on "The Red Badge of Courage" he had just published
"Maggie: A Girl of the Streets" and was instantly proclaimed internationally as one
of the new breed of modern realistic writers. W. Somerset Maugham must have been
influenced by this book when he wrote his sensational first novel "Liza of Lambeth"
- especially when you compare the very similar endings.

The character of Maggie I found sketchy as far as characterization went but the
description of the depressing poverty and the street life of the Bowery of the 1890s
is brilliantly brought to life. Throughout the novella Maggie retains her goodness and
innocence - the child of a brutal father and a drunken mother, her younger brother
Jimmie is already a seasoned street fighter but when she meets Pete she believes he
is her white knight but how wrong she is.

The other stories include "The Monster" one of the first stories that has a white writer
portraying a black man performing a heroic act. When Henry Johnson rescues Jimmy from a
burning house Dr. Trescott, in turn, saves Henry's life but Henry has been left with
horrific burns and he becomes "the monster" of the title and is eventually ostracized by
the town.

There are three terrific western stories - "The Blue Hotel", I have seen in a couple of
anthologies and is the best known.

"His New Mittens" deals with that crisis from childhood - running away from home. Horace
is fed up with his treatment at home and decides to run away. He gets as far as the
butcher's next door but Crane's vivid description shows that Horace is loved and wanted
after all. The title "An Illusion in Red and White" says it all and is a chilling account
of how young children can be manipulated by an evil father.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little gem 18 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The previous reviewer says it all for me. I would add that if you like to hear authentic voices from the past, this is a little gem. Short stories that have a big impact. Love the "Bowery" accents. I remember the films of the Saturday cinema for kids with the "Bowery Boys" and on beginning Maggie I could hear them again. Extremely well written a taste of the gritty reality of America's past, poverty, violence and fight for survival.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my style 6 Mar 2014
By Jenny
I read "Maggie..." and the first two chapters of "Monster" but I just don't enjoy this style of writing and I couldn't get into the stories.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading 24 Nov 2010
By Thomas P Flynn - Published on Amazon.com
I urge readers seeking a copy of "Maggie: Girl of the Streets" to avoid the Wordsworth Classics printing of the text. Much of the dialogue, as well as some of the narration, has been modified to remove words like "damn" and "heluva." I've not looked into why this modification was done, but I know it can significantly affect how the reader interprets the rather abrupt conclusion to this work. Some sentences that contain no vulgarity (if it can even be called that) have also been changed for no evident reason.

My advice? Get in on Kindle for your PC.
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