Maggie

Maggie : A Girl of the Streets and Selected Stories

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Published in 1893, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets shocked a world unprepared for its grim and starkly realistic exploration of a pretty young girl's fall on New York's Bowery, and its critical depiction of the irresponsibility of men toward women. The five other stories in this collection are tales of quiet tension and raw intensity. From the local color of small-town life to the bustle of the city to war stories imbued with an ironic view of heroism, these stories are brilliantly constructed, extraordinarily lyrical, and psychologically penetrating. As a whole, this masterful collection demonstrates the unique and stunning genius of Stephen Crane and makes up an enduring testimony to one of America's finest writers. Edited and with an Introduction by Alfred Kazin and an Afterword by Tom Wolfe
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 105 x 172 x 17.27mm | 117.93g
  • SIGNET CLASSICS
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0451529987
  • 9780451529985
  • 553,798

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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.
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"He was the first American writer because he was the first to be passionately interested in the life that surrounded him and the life that surrounded him was that of America."
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About Stephen Crane

Intense, volatile, and spontaneous, Stephen Crane (1871-1900) expended himself in a frenzied search for experiences about which to write. While attending Syracuse University, he finished the first draft of Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, leaving to become a freelance writer in New York. In 1895, the young author, who had never seen a battle, published The Red Badge of Courage, the extraordinary revelation of the mind and heart of a Civil War recruit. This book made Crane famous and established his reputation as a war correspondent. Pursuing a career as a journalist, Crane traveled to Greece to cover the war with Turkey and to Cuba to report on the Spanish-American War. His experience being shipwrecked led to the short story "The Open Boat." He died of tuberculosis at Badenweiler, Germany. Born in Brooklyn, Alfred Kazin (1915-98) was a prolific literary critic and social historian whose reputation was established early with the publication of On Native Grounds: An Interpretation of Modern American Prose Literature (1942). Among his many other acclaimed books are his trilogy of memoirs: A Walker in the City, Starting Out in the Thirties, and New York Jew. In 1996, he was awarded the first Truman Capote Lifetime Achievement Award in Literary Criticism. Tom Wolfe was born in Richmond, Virginia, and was educated at Washington and Lee and Yale universities. He began his career as a reporter on the Springfield (Massachusetts) Union and served as the Washington Post's Latin American correspondent, winning the Washington Newspaper Guild's foreign news prize for his coverage of Cuba. In 1962, he became a reporter for the New York Herald-Tribune. His first book, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965), established Wolfe as a leading figure in what became known as New Journalism. Subsequent nonfiction bestsellers include The Pump House Gang and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (both 1968), Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers (1970) and The Right Stuff (1979), which won the American Book Award for Nonfiction. His novels include The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987), A Man in Full (1998), I Am Charlotte Simmons (2004), and Back to Blood (2012).
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