John Wiswell's Reviews > Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Short Fiction

Maggie by Stephen Crane
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Aug 17, 07

Recommended for: Literary readers, short story readers, classics readers
Read in November, 2003

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 storytelling that Crane left in the title story - popular with the literary crowd, but annoying to the average reader who wants tragedy to be earned at some point.
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