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Maggie by Stephen Crane
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Mar 06, 2008

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bookshelves: fiction, 20th-century-early-to-mid
Read in October, 2003

We read this in my junior year American studies class in high school. Honestly, I wasn't a fan of a lot of books that we read in that class, mostly because I favor 19th century Brit lit over 19th century American lit (Gatsby and Slaughterhouse Five were the two shining exceptions) just in subject and tone, and well, everything. But! This little story really stuck with me. I read it a couple of times that first night, and I lead the discussion the next day, mostly because I couldn't shut up.

I think the portrait of Maggie really got to me, both as a woman and as someone who was an aspiring writer at the time. The weaving through of historical narrative and circumstances into the sordid, dirty little life that she leads is very very well done, but not so overdone that it becomes a soap opera.

Like I said, all these years later, it stayed with me. Surely that's recommendation enough in itself?
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