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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Writings About New York (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Maggie:A Girl of the Streets and Other Writings about New York, by Stephen Crane, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classicsseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Class ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Barnes & Noble Classics (first published 1893)
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Shari
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. ...more
Russell Bittner
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 more.

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 r
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Joshua Emil
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 ...more
Jeni Enjaian
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 realist
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Mario
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 wri ...more
Dusty
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 Jaco ...more
Mark Mallett
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 too ...more
Chris
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 ...more
Tom
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 h
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Rachel M.
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 inabi ...more
John Yelverton
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.
Kevin
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 diale
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Jane De vries
Shows the diversity of style of Stephen Crane. very realistic depiction of lower class life for a girl in new york.
Athena Herondale
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.
Beth Carpenter
Pretty boring. The book had several stories in it all set in turn of the century New York.
Would not recommend this book..
Noreen

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 rumored 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.
David
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.
Lauren Huibregtse
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.
laura
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").
Gina
Jun 01, 2007 Gina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a short, impactful novel, anyone interested in history
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.
Brittanie
Short and to the point, though I think it could have benefited from a bit more detail. It's so sparse that I barely cared what happened to the characters, especially Molly, who seems almost secondary.
Neal Kerrigan
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.
Lori
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!
Seth Courrégé
Maggie is decent, at best. However, some of Crane's other short stories in the collection like the Open Boat and the Blue Hotel make this book worth picking up.
Matthew Olgin
Maggie and George's Mother were great. Its because of the other included stories that I give this a three. Without them it would be a four.
Christopher
maggie: a girl of the streets and george's mother are both stellar stories. dark, dismal, and very real.
Anne-Marie
Naturalism better than Thomas Hardy's Tess. A disappointing ending - but cause for good discussion.
Aaron Hollander
This story, including the “The Monster,” were both very vividly conveyed.
Harper Eliot
Incredibly atmospheric.
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Stephen Crane was an American novelist, poet and journalist, best known for the novel Red Badge of Courage. That work introduced the reading world to Crane's striking prose, a mix of impressionism, naturalism and symbolism. He died at age 28 in Badenweiler, Baden, Germany.

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