Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Short Fiction

Maggie A Girl of the Streets and Other Short Fiction Not yet famous for his Civil War masterpiece The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane was unable to find a publisher for his brilliant Maggie A Girl of the Streets finally printing it himself in

  • Title: Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Short Fiction
  • Author: Stephen Crane Jayne Anne Phillips
  • ISBN: 9780553213553
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Paperback
  • Not yet famous for his Civil War masterpiece, The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane was unable to find a publisher for his brilliant Maggie A Girl of the Streets, finally printing it himself in 1893.Condemned and misunderstood during Crane s lifetime, this starkly realistic story of a pretty child of the Bowery has since been recognized as a landmark work in American fiNot yet famous for his Civil War masterpiece, The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane was unable to find a publisher for his brilliant Maggie A Girl of the Streets, finally printing it himself in 1893.Condemned and misunderstood during Crane s lifetime, this starkly realistic story of a pretty child of the Bowery has since been recognized as a landmark work in American fiction.Now Crane s great short novel of life in turn of the century New York is published in its original form, along with four of Crane s best short stories The Blue Hotel, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, The Monster, and The Open Boat stories of such remarkable power and clarity that they stand among the finest short stories ever written by an American.

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    1. Couldn't appreciate "Maggie" much when it was assigned reading in high school, but returning to it later in life I was pretty enthralled. Final lines of the story land like a punch to the jaw; I suspect I missed the conclusion's brutal cynicism when reading it as a teenager. My growing interest in that time period in general also made it better reading than the first time around, as I better understood the story's context (try Jacob Riis's collection of photographs How the Other Half Lives for s [...]

    2. Stephen Crane parece ser um autor pouco conhecido para além da sua terra natal (EUA). Eu próprio nada sabia sobre a sua obra para além do facto de este ter sido o autor do famoso conto (na América, pelo menos) "The Red Badge of Courage", que nunca li. No entanto, a sinopse impressa no verso desta edição capturou-me o interesse e, uma vez que se tratava de um volume tão barato, decidi-me a adquiri-lo. Foi um feliz achado. Os contos de Crane são relativamente invulgares - não nos temas so [...]

    3. Hard-core working class short fiction from one of the great originals of turn of the century neo-realism. "Maggie" reminds me of Tom Waits' "Swordfishtrombones" and "Rain Dogs" with its scenes of tenement melancholy.Also included is "The Monster" about the black stable hand who risks his life to save a child and the callousness he suffers in return. "The Blue Hotel" is about men too drunk and too insane to remember they're human. Bukowski and Hemingway both ripped a lot of stuff from Crane.

    4. Alright, I just had to read Maggie for class. Hopefully, one day I'll read the other short stories in here, because I've heard they are head over heals better than this one. Back to Maggie. So, I had to read this for a basic history survey course. Most of the people in the course are a good 4-5 years younger than me, (this class was one of the last survey courses I needed for my major, yahoo). But that being said, most of the students are straight out of highschool and were either not challenged [...]

    5. I have read Steven Crane's short novel, "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets" many times over the years and returned to read it again recently together with Crane's more famous book, "The Red Badge of Courage." Crane wrote "Maggie" in 1891 at the age of 21 and published the book at his own expense in 1893 under the pseudonym Johnston Smith. Some famous writers, including William Dean Howells praised "Maggie" enthusiastically, but for the most part the book was indifferently received.I have always care [...]

    6. A key work of American literature, file under "naturalism" and then move on to McTeague and Sister Carrie. Published in 1893, the work describes the sordid and dismal existence of a family living in the Bowery, a section of Lower Manhattan that was infamous by Crane's time for its seedy flophouses, brothels and dive bars. Published in 1893, this remarkable novella portrays with astonishing realism the grim despair and hopelessness of a family whose mother is an alcoholic and whose children have [...]

    7. I do love Stephen Crane (especially his poetry I find it fascinating) but this book not so much. I base my ratings on this website on mainly two things, the writing craft but mostly how much I enjoyed the book (b/c I could go on and on about how this book's craft was incredible but you'd be asleep in 5 minutes). Maggie is a tough call for me. She is innocent and sweet ( but a bit naive)in a world that hates innocence. I feel for the character it's just that the darkness of this novel, it's bruta [...]

    8. The character of Maggie I found sketchy but Crane's description of the depressing poverty and the streetlife of the Bowery of the 1890s is brilliantly broughtto life. Throughout the novel Maggie retains her goodnessand innocence (her little brother Jimmie is already aseasoned street fighter) and when she meets Pete shebelieves he is her white knight - but how wrong she is.Considering the very similar endings, maybe W. SomersetMaugham must have been influenced by this book when hewrote his very p [...]

    9. Published by 21, famous by 24, dead by 28, it's really no surprise that Crane's fiction was ambitious or depressing. His word economy (and plot economy) was almost revolutionary in his time, and so even his worst stories are quick and relatively good reads. This volume contains some of his better short fiction, such as "Blue Hotel," the excellent short story on the attitudes of immigrants and self-fulfilling prophecies. This additional short fiction helps make up for some of the huge gaps in sto [...]

    10. Maggie (which I reread) is a classic and wonderfully devastating, but what really blew me away in this collection was the other text that I read for my exam, "The Monster." It's Frankenstein meets post-bellum commentary on American race relations, and the result is both very creepy and very moving. I think it would be a great story to teach in an American lit course because it shows the breakdown of the sentimental approach to overcoming racial difference that Stowe tries so hard to inculcate. I [...]

    11. I heard about this book in APUSH and the ending was already spoiled by the textbook and my teacher, but nonetheless, I wanted to read it. For a story written in the late 1800s, it was very eye-opening to the unfortunate conditions of the New York tenements and the family situations. The story revolves around Maggie, a sweet, young innocent girl who slowly gets corrupted by her disgusting surroundings and the consequences of her decisions. It was a very "quick" read and I had a fun time reading t [...]

    12. A decent bunch of short stories. Although, somewhat surprisingly to say the least, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets was my least favorite in the collection. Oh, for some strange reason Algeria was again mentioned in a book this summer. I don't know what it is with the place, but it seems something is calling me to Algeria. Or maybe the bigfoot aliens are leaving secret messages for me, warning me to not go to Algeria, or maybe they want me to go to Algeria to fulfill my interstellar destiny.

    13. 4/5: Besta sagan þótti mér The Open Boat (fimm stjörnur). Þvínæst The Monster, mjög áhugaverð (kannski fjórar stjörnur). The Blue Hotel fannst mér síðri, þó hún væri athyglisverð í sjálfu sér (3-3 1/2). Maggie (3 stjörnur) er frumraun hjá Crane, og þannig nokkuð óhefluð, en segja má að það henti söguefninu. Áhrifarík mynd sem hann varpar af fátæktarlífinu í New York, en honum átti eftir að fara fram sem höfundi og sjálfur söguþráðurinn og persónus [...]

    14. The writing here is so modern, in word choice, in structure, in topic, and in theme, everything is so modern and fresh, that it's actually quite jarring when Crane refers to things that place his stories before the automobile, before jazz music, and before citywide electric streetlights and paved roads.He populated many of his stories in this collection with the poor and uneducated, and captured their dialogue without pandering to them or condescending. He strove for accuracy in his retellings. [...]

    15. Poor Mrs. Johnson, she spends her life throwing three sheets to the wind only to witness her household collapse around her. She raises Jimmie and his little sister Maggie to regard their kin with vigilence. She teaches them smashing English so that they too may communicate when push comes to shove. Home cooked potatoes grow Jimmie into a durable chap and Maggie becomes a pretty woman. If only the devil hadn't gotten hold of Maggie, the Lord wouldn't have to redeem her soul in heaven. Poor Mr. Jo [...]

    16. Crane had a certain fascination with the downtrodden underdogs, assorted drunks, and street characters of his time. I actually find the author more interesting and intriguing as a person than his stories and brief snapshots of a New York City long gone. As for Maggie, the "girl of the streets", I either did not pay enough attention to the details of this bleak tale or just found it depressing for other than "SAD", it did not have much of a pay-off as a story; perhaps writing sad tales was Crane' [...]

    17. I found the book to be boring. Most of the stories were meant to give insights into [a group of] people's lives, but did not have much in the way of a plot or conclusion.Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1/5) - The impoverished people of Manhattan through the eyes of a girl's (unwise) first love. The story was simple and dull, and the accented speech made it very difficult to parse.The Monster (2/5) - Henry saves Jimmie from a fire and becomes a leper due to his injuries. The introduction was borin [...]

    18. These stories were, as with most short story collections, a bit of a mixed bunch. Some I liked (The Monster, His New Mittens), some not so much. Overall the book was ok, but I felt like I was missing something. Half of the stories just left me feeling confused and like "What the?". The title story Maggie started off really well, with Maggie and her brother as children. I thought I was going to enjoy it, but then it jumped ahead to when Maggie was grown up and it just went a bit weird. I liked Th [...]

    19. Good read and has a lot of theological Overtones and concludes on great theological point about the concern over the soul versus the concern for giving food to the poor. It is interesting to see how everyone in the book follows the survival of the fittest concept and if a character falls outside of this then they are destroyed eaten and stomped to the point of disintegration. I thought it was a good read and kept me engaged. Short attention Span here so it had to be good. One point I made in cla [...]

    20. Maggie grows up in a typical naturalistic home background where mere existence becomes a battle and where men behave like animals.Maggie is not resigned to her fate.She has her own aspirations and craves for self-fulfillment.When old enough,she goes to work in a factory where the conditions of life turn human beings into machines.Her home proves also suffocating so that Maggie tries to leave her beastly mother and brother.She places hope and trust in Pete who, himself a product of the hopeless s [...]

    21. I read this short story and enjoyed Crane's language immensely. The writing seems so much more colorful, creative and interesting than what I read in The Red Badge of Courage (which was not at all bad). Such as, "The sailors charged three times upon the plate-glass front of the saloon, and when they had finished, it looked as if it had been the victim of a rural fire company's success in saving it from the flames." Lots of gorgeous stuff in this short story, "A Man and Some Others."

    22. I tried to read this. I couldn't. It kind of sucks. Even if it was this boy-genius's first (and, ahem, self-published) novel and I should be educated enough to get around the impossibly phonetic dialog and stilted plot. I mean, hey, one of America's first real naturalistic novels! Yay! But, no. I did mightily enjoy the introduction. Crane was a fascinating bloke.

    23. I actually really loved this story when I read it for class in undergrad. And then when I was doing my thesis research in grad school I found out that Stephen Crane was an ass and that the book is full of immigrant=animal symbolism. But I still like the story, underhanded nativism and all, because I feel awful for the protagonist.

    24. 'Maggie,' the main story in this anthology, was not an especial favorite with me. Instead, I preferred 'The Open Boat,' which entirely blew me away. It is a must read of Crane's short fiction (though technically it could be categorized as nonfiction, since it is based off an experience of the author's).

    25. 1) Maggie2) The Men in the Storm3) The Monster4) The Angel Child5) The Pace of Youth6) The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky7) The Blue Hotel8) The Five White Mice9) The Open Boat10) Three Miraculous Soldiers11) A Mystery of Heroism12) An Episode of War13) The Price of the Harness14) Virtue in War15) The Second Generation16) Death and the Child

    26. Extremely well written. Tons of adjectives were used-- I suggest sitting with an online dictionary when reading. It was an enticing tale, but rather sad. You also must realize that in turn-of-the-century New York it was considered extremely scandalous to sleep with a man before you were married. A slightly depressing, but worthy, novel.

    27. This must have been sensational when it was first published due to powerful description of a dysfunctional family's daily battle with alcohol abuse. I would think "Maggie" and "Days of Wine and Roses" are compulsory reading for the Temperance Society.

    28. I'm afraid I have a really hard time getting into 19th century American literature. If you like that sort of thing, you'll enjoy this book, but I thought it was depressing - and not in an entertaining way.

    29. Brilliantly written and absorbing. The Open Boat is particularly brilliant. Crane combines gritty realism with the ability to write luminous prose. The only quibble one might have is the sentimentality that runs through some of the stories -- but that does not make the work less enjoyable.

    30. 2*2014 Classics Challenge: # of 14The title story of this short story collection is considered to be ______Although I appreciated his research of going into the Bowery and living the so-called life of these characters, I did not find his writing style interesting or captivating,

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