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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Tales of New York

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Tales of New York By Stephen Crane Larzer Ziff Theo Davis Maggie A Girl of the Streets and Other Tales of New York A powerful severe and harshly comic portrayal of Irish immigrant life in lower New York exactly a century ago Alfred Kazin Although fellow novelists William Dean Howells and Hamlin Garland immediate

  • Title: Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Tales of New York
  • Author: Stephen Crane Larzer Ziff Theo Davis
  • ISBN: 9780140437973
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Tales of New York By Stephen Crane Larzer Ziff Theo Davis A powerful, severe, and harshly comic portrayal of Irish immigrant life in lower New York exactly a century ago Alfred Kazin Although fellow novelists William Dean Howells and Hamlin Garland immediately recognized genius in the twenty one year old author of Maggie A Girl of the Streets, in 1893 most readers were unwilling to accept its unconventional theme and were un A powerful, severe, and harshly comic portrayal of Irish immigrant life in lower New York exactly a century ago Alfred Kazin Although fellow novelists William Dean Howells and Hamlin Garland immediately recognized genius in the twenty one year old author of Maggie A Girl of the Streets, in 1893 most readers were unwilling to accept its unconventional theme and were uneasy with a style that was at once darkly naturalistic and vividly impressionistic Today Maggie is esteemed as an American classic, the first of an impressive group of works in which Crane explored the underside of urban life, portraying the rise of the metropolis as it alters not just the human environment but human nature itself This volume includes George s Mother and eleven other tales and sketches of New York written between 1892 and 1896 Together in their dignified realism these tales confirm Crane s place as the first modern American writer.
    Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Tales of New York By Stephen Crane Larzer Ziff Theo Davis

    Maggie A Girl of the Streets Maggie A Girl of the Streets Study Guide SparkNotes Maggie A Girl of the Streets is a novella by Stephen Crane that was first published in Summary Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis. Maggie A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane Maggie is a girl who was raised in an abusive home in a poor area of the city As an adult, she lived with her mother a horrible alcoholic and her brother a brute She fell for Maggie A Girl of the Streets Stephen Crane The story centers on Maggie, a young girl from the Bowery who is driven to unfortunate circumstances by poverty and solitude the you read, the you would want to read of this book that terrific it is. Maggie A Girl of the Streets Originally published pseudonymously in , Maggie A Girl of the Streets follows the tragic tale of Maggie and her life in the harsh streets and tenements of the New York City Bowery district. Maggie A Girl of the Streets Chapter XV SparkNotes Maggie A Girl of the Streets A forlorn woman went along a lighted avenue The street was filled with people desperately bound on missions An endless crowd darted at the elevated station stairs and the horse cars were thronged with owners of bundles. Maggie A Girl of the Streets Themes Course Hero Maggie works in a factory yet has little independence or autonomy and is forced to live with her abusive mother When Maggie falls in love with Pete, a rumor spreads that they are having a physical relationship, which marks her as a fallen woman in society This sets off a chain of events in which Maggie is disowned and forced out of her mother s home. Urban Dictionary Maggie a Maggie is a girl that won t take a compliment no matter how hard you try They are the kind of girls who would rather die than be useless They will smile above all and let everyone think they are okay even when others lie and hurt them They won t leave their friends

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    1. Shari on said:

      One thing a reader would instantly see in Crane s works is the vividness of his prose Maggie is, without doubt, one of the most intensely animated writings I have ever read, classic or modern The setting is so overpoweringly real and natural that reading just the first three chapters easily transported me into a place so poor and deprived that my heart just went out for Maggie and Jimmie as if they were real children What is missing in the narrative, however, is the depth of characterization It [...]

    2. J.M. Hushour on said:

      This is my first experience with Crane and I was pleasantly surprised His writing is imbued with what appears now as a fresh faced, never terribly stark, realism and a playful hilarity that underscores the banal Bowery life of the 1890s Crane lived there as a young man briefly and his observations on and fictionalizing of the weird panoply of characters and events he must ve based these stories off of never gets old I m reminded particularly of the urban lilt of Zola, of fictions that cut to the [...]

    3. Matthew Huff on said:

      I wonder if this work would be powerful as a full novel the sheer beauty and impression of his style, however, warrants the fourth star.

    4. Russell Bittner on said:

      I must confess, I come to this review with a heavy heart I ve wanted to read Maggie A Girl of the Streets for years and have had this edition on my bookshelves for as long Moreover, once I finally read a bit about Crane s background and early death at the age of 29 , I wanted to read and appreciate it even .Perhaps I err Perhaps I just don t get it Perhaps Crane s naturalism is simply over my head even if Emile Zola s never was If so, I apologize and you can disregard this review.I read Maggie A [...]

    5. Joshua Emil on said:

      I bought this book on my birthday And started reading it on Halloween Unfortunately, it remained in my bag or shelf untouched for a couple of months Maggie A Girl of the Streets has a gritty depiction of life in a growing New York City in the late 1890 s Along with Maggie, there are some Tales of New York The tales of The Broken Down Van , An Experiment in Misery , An Experiment in Luxury and The Adventures of a Novelist somehow didn t make any sense to me and the rest did I didn t read George s [...]

    6. Jeni Enjaian on said:

      As I say with most of my reviews of any book that falls into the classics category, I find it very difficult to review these books, many times because I do not understand how the works came to be classified as classics In the case of this particular book, the latter reason does not apply That being said, I have three fairly negative criticisms and just one positive to give for this book.First the positive Crane s narrative throughout all the various short stories is vivid and highly realistic I [...]

    7. Dusty on said:

      I ve known Stephen Crane was a sterling, profound writer, and I ve read The Red Badge of Courage twice However, this is the first time I ve explored the gold encasing that crown jewel in Crane s short but curiously prolific literary career Maggie A Girl of the Streets is a first rate story It s crisp and unexpected, hilarious and human, and its chapter length vignettes bring to vivid life exactly the scenes of poverty and complex negotiations of personal morality and responsibility that Jacob A [...]

    8. Mario on said:

      I was assigned this book years ago when I was taking a 100 level U.S history course in college As it was an assignment that wasn t really a part of the class s core, and as I had work to do in several upper level classes, I blew it off and just paid attention to the discussion in class The other day while browsing the shelves at Barnes Noble during my lunch break, I picked it up on a lark and opened the book for the first time, reading the first couple of pages They were great The writing is viv [...]

    9. Lauren on said:

      Maggie, a Girl of the Streets An Experiment in Misery When a Man Falls a Crowd Gathers I loved Crane s writing His eloquence juxtaposed perfectly against the vernacular of the late 19th century New York City slums He captured the daily life of the the people, many immigrants, and gave the reader a deeper look into the lives and thoughts of the lower working class during the turn of the century The stories themselves were not fantastic and I mean that in the sense of plot because these stories we [...]

    10. Mark Mallett on said:

      I was intrigued by the description of this as being a collection of writings from Stephen Crane concerning the seedy side of New York City life near the turn of the century Once I got started I didn t know if I d make it through it the opening reportage story, Maggie A Girl of the Streets, was pretty tedious and the writing somewhat restrained and oblique compared to what you find from reporters today Once I got past that, though, I was fascinated and highly engaged Maybe, I dunno, it took the f [...]

    11. Rachel M. on said:

      This novel has vivid imagery and profound diction The way in which Crane shapes the meaning of this story through his Impressionist like writing is beautiful Even the dialect adds to the flavor of the story It is also interesting to note how Crane makes the point that entertaining Romantic thoughts and holding onto Romantic ideals is deadly This is the way in which he makes a case for Realism Naturalism instead of Romanticism It can be argued that Maggie s death is the result of her inability to [...]

    12. Chris on said:

      Picked this up in a second hand bookstore and thought I would give it a try Glad I did It is spectacular Beautifaul language that really sets the tone, though dreary, of turn of the century America Many people complain about the dialogue which takes some effort to get through as it is the genuine article, the language of the day which is an Irish New York slang of the period The works in this book all have a moralistic tone that does not always travel well with us today Plus the reader has to ma [...]

    13. Tom on said:

      A very moving story of a young girl constrained by her setting in society It took time to get into the rhythm of the language, but once I did, it help give an I was there feeling to the writing.This edition included a number of other stories and essays by Crane The second one George s Mother was just as good While it was about his mother, it was about him also Upon reflection, he saw, therefore, that he was perfectly willing to be virtuous if somebody would come and make it easy for him Some are [...]

    14. Kayo on said:

      Maggie, George, and the other stories in this book were interesting sketches from late 1800s New York The first two stories were both very good and not just a little tragic, but the rest of the collection fell kind of flat I got the impression Crane wanted to deliver a thorough and true to life account of the lower classes in New York, but the brevity of most of the articles really did not suit that kind of meditation.I was weary of the dialogue at first because a lot of it is written in dialect [...]

    15. Athena on said:

      I had to read this book at school with much regret but we read it It is a classic and classics are totally NOT my style But when i finished i was like wow It takes place in the lower east side of new york, i place i vist often It is sad and it shows you the hardships of the main character maggie Weither classics are your favorite genre or its mystery, paranormal romance like me , or dystopian fiction, you should read it.

    16. Noreen on said:

      I was curious about this novel after reading Hotel de Dream by Edmund White White imagines the last days of Stephen Crane and invents a version of his rud last novel, The Painted Boy, a manuscript Crane burned before his death.Maggie was Crane s first book and I m finding I much prefer it to Red Badge of Courage.

    17. John Yelverton on said:

      It was a sad story with very crude subject matter and constant and continuous foul language I felt no kinship or even sympathy for any of the characters, and was very grateful when the book ended, pathetic as the ending was.

    18. Gina on said:

      short terse to the point very illustrative demonstrates the predator prey relationship and social darwinist ideals of the early 20th century shows the impact of family values and environment on individuals amazingly well.

    19. Brittanie on said:

      Short and to the point, though I think it could have benefited from a bit detail It s so sparse that I barely cared what happened to the characters, especially Molly, who seems almost secondary.

    20. David Ward on said:

      Maggie, A Girl of the Streets and Other New York Writings by Stephen Crane Modern Library 2001 Fiction is a moralistic tale of the depths to which young girls in the city must stoop to survive in the late 19th century Piffle My rating 3 10, finished 10 6 11.

    21. Lauren Huibregtse on said:

      This is a short and rather tragic story about a girl named Maggie who lives in a very poor part of town The story considers the small change in people s lives that she makes, and the even smaller change after her death Rather depressing.

    22. laura on said:

      man, this book was tedious i liked the end though great birth metaphor or perhaps unbirth, the giant fat man near the river swallowing her up also, by great birth metaphor i meant kind of disgusting birth metaphor.

    23. Lori on said:

      The story An Experiment in Misery had one of the best sentences I ve ever read in my life He appeared like an assassin steeped in crimes performed awkwardly AWESOME

    24. Victoria on said:

      Absolutely adore this story Stephen Crane weaves a poetic, yet truthful account of life in New York City tenements.

    25. Beth Carpenter on said:

      Pretty boring The book had several stories in it all set in turn of the century New York Would not recommend this book

    26. Anne-Marie on said:

      Naturalism better than Thomas Hardy s Tess A disappointing ending but cause for good discussion.

    27. Neal Kerrigan on said:

      Intense fight scenes, but the other stories in the version I read were better, Open boat, Bride comes to yellow Sky, The Blue Hotel, The Monster Those were the ones that had real effect.

    28. Aaron Hollander on said:

      This story, including the The Monster, were both very vividly conveyed.

    29. Jane De vries on said:

      Shows the diversity of style of Stephen Crane very realistic depiction of lower class life for a girl in new york.

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