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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  6,638 ratings  ·  331 reviews
In 1892 Stephen Crane (1871-1900) published Maggie, Girl of the Streets at his own expense. Considered at the time to be immature, it was a failure. Since that time it has come to be considered one of the earliest American realistic novels. Maggie is the story of a pretty child of the Bowery which is written with the same intensity and vivid scenes of his masterpiece -- Th ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Digireads.com (first published 1893)
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Alex
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: white knights
Shelves: 2018, smut
What men love is sluts. Show a man a poor innocent pretty young girl forced by circumstance or evil into prostitution and he cannot wait to start sighing and what-a-pitying and that-poor-waifing and but-what-was-she-wearinging and it's liable to get pretty maudlin in here by the time she dies. (Wait, she dies? Of course she dies, sluts always die.)

This one, though, is special: this is a landmark in the genre of young sluts, or anyway of realistic novels. It was written in 1892 by Stephen Crane,
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Jen Knox
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a treasure, as much for the story of Crane's trying to get it published as for the story itself. I am always drawn to authors' first books. There's often an energy there lost in latter books. The energy and intensity of this story made gave it a momentum that wasn't lost on The Red Badge of Courage but was toned down. I admire the raw honesty of the prose here; there's something alive in it that refuses to be toned down for the audience's sake.

Toby
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit
This tiny novella, this "shocking portrait" of working class life, might win points for its approach towards capturing the dialect and mileau of the time and place but the overall feeling I took from it was not a call to understand the people that were trodden underfoot by the educated classes but more a sense of humouous observation, almost like these drunks and whores, these scoundrels and brutes are a human zoo fit only for ogling from afar by their betters. There's a fine line between captur ...more
Kandice
Oct 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
I think the moral of the story was lost on me, as the times have changed so much. Everything was inferred instead of said outright. Did she actually have "relations" with Pete? I can't be sure, so am unclear why her mother disowned her. Did she kill herself? Was her situation really so severe that was her only way out? Obviously there was quite the double standard. Sins were not arranged in order of importance. The parents could be alcoholic lowlifes, and beat their children, but she was thrown ...more
Anina e gambette di pollo
Questo suo primo romanzo Stephen Crane lo ha scritto a 20 anni e ci impiegò due giorni e due notti. Presumo a mano. Avrebbe potuto darci qualcosa di più, oltre il secondo romanzo Il segno rosso del coraggio ed alcuni racconti, se non fosse morto a 29 anni.

Storia di strada, quartiere Bowery, che all’epoca era abitato da un’umanità misera, annegata nell’alcool, vile, feroce, con un senso d’accatto per ciò che non è decoroso. I bambini vivono la strada, le risse e le sassaiole per trovare a casa pu
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Jose Moa
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is perhaps the most sordid short novel i ever read;the journey to depravity prostitution and death forced by the loneliness, doublé moral and necesity of a por beautifull girl born in a miserable suburb of New York.The prostitution of the body not of the soul that remains pure and clean to his final death.This is i think the firs naturalist novel in USA
George K.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 19th-century
Αν και έχω εδώ και κάμποσα χρόνια το "Το κόκκινο σήμα του θάρρους", που είναι με διαφορά το πιο πολυδιαβασμένο έργο του Στίβεν Κρέιν και ένα από τα κλασικότερα Αμερικάνικα μυθιστορήματα, είπα να γνωρίσω τον συγγραφέα με το "Η Μάγκυ των δρόμων", που αγόρασα μόλις χθες. Σίγουρα είναι ένα βιβλίο που δείχνει τα εκατόν εικοσιπέντε και πλέον χρόνια του και έτσι όπως είναι γραμμένο μπορεί να μην αγγίξει και ιδιαίτερα τους σημερινούς αναγνώστες, όμως οι διάφορες περιγραφές της φτωχολογιάς και των υποβαθ ...more
Brian
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
For as much as I love Crane, I just can't get over the hump on this one and connect the dots to many of his other works I find nearly perfect. It might be the disconnected ending that makes the reader flip back pages to see if we accidentally missed a chapter, the Irish patois of the chronically indigent, or maybe it's Crane's thumb on the moral scale that keeps me from engaging fully - whatever the case, this is an example of either a short story made too long or a novel entirely too short; as ...more
Sara
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book on-screen in my down time at work. It's set in late 19th-century New York, from what I gather, which is what attracted me to it, as I'm in the midst of a long documentary on New York. I don't know that I would include the book among my top 10, but I like it very much. The language is absolutely delectable. I want to eat it and hug Crane for writing it. His language is crystal clear; he constructs sentences in such a way to emit a vivid visual experience from between the words. H ...more
Sarah
Jul 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Considered "too immature" by critics when it was released, I also consider it shallow. It seemed like the same few phrases were repeated by every character until they said it enough to qualify enough words for a novel. This seems more of a sneer at the lower class rather than the narrative on how women with little resources and restricted freedom could be forced and then harshly judged for living immorally by society's standards. And I was hoping for the latter.

I suppose the ambiguity of Maggie
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Oziel Bispo
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Christina
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this novella. It directly transports one to 1880's Lower East side Manhattan. I thought Crane was born and raised in the Irish slums of the Bowery, but he had spent very little time there before the novel. His use of dialogue and slang made me feel like I was there in the tenement with Jimmy and Maggie. It taught me about history, the slums of old New York, and the puritanical views of lower class Irish at the time. I got a little bit of sociology, anthropology, history, and fiction ...more
Tyler
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody
Recommended to Tyler by: Mr. MacConnell
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, written by Stephen Crane, is a story of how a young Irish girl grows up on the streets of New York. With little to no education, barely any money, and her only peers of the neighborhood fighting at all times, this girl's life is full of hardships.

During her childhood, Maggie's younger brother Jimmie was always getting into fights with the neighborhood kids. Her mother was always drinking and her father barely cared for his family at all. Maggie's father died whil
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FoodxHugs
Maggie, Girl of the Streets has the rare distinction of featuring one of the most repulsive fictional mothers I've read about in fiction. Trust me, that's quite an accomplishment and it's no mean feat that Crane manages to create such despicable and realistic characters in this novella.

Notable for being one of the first works of American Realism, Maggie is an insightful and gritty depiction of poverty. Crane was friends with Hemingway and was said to to have influenced him. I haven't read any H
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Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
I'm not really sure how this book flopped when it came out...the portrayals of how many immigrants living in squalor in New York City should have been relatable to many of those unfortunate (maybe people were too frightened to relate).

This is indeed a somewhat realistic portrayal of a girl with and Irish drunk immigrant mother, who struggles through her daily life with alcohol and racism (this was a time when the Irish were treated very poorly). Yes, this novel is sad. It does not have a happy e
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Jade Summer
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book it made my cry! Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets makes you think about the hard times before the war and how people spoke back then.

Added 5/3/16- Maggie: A Girl of the Streets is unlike anything I've ever read. There are similarities to how prostitutes are treated in tv shows that are shown in the book. But that book was depressing in a way that felt real. She was always neglected by her family. Fell for a rich guy who dumped her one date later. Then after getting help from no one
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Vanessa Braganza
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story is heartrending - the tale of a girl from the slums of New York who seeks love and beauty in a heartless world. Hypocritically, the characters who commit society's great atrocities find a way to condemn this beautiful and kindhearted dreamer as evil.
Paloma Meir
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn them all to Hell (to use the language of the book), was my first reaction upon finishing this story. Barbaric unrelenting disrepair. I haven't been this upset by a book in years. I'm very thankful for feminism this morning.

Deanne
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ugh. Depressing. Annoying dialog full of phonetically spelled street talk. I only finished it because I had to for my class on Immigration in the late 1800s.
Hail
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
It was good, but nothing spectacular in my opinion. It felt like there were some missing parts and some things were left unexplained. Even so, it was a tragic tale and one that illustrated the differences between social classes during this time in America.
Lighty
Jan 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-for-school
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Mark Goodwin
Apr 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bailed out at 15% mark ... didn't make much sense to me nor did I like the "accented" speech.
Illiterate
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Call it a literature of moral panic. Author depicts an underclass awash in violence, drugs, sex. Readers experience a blend of indignation and titillation.
Darinda
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in The Stephen Crane Megapack: 94 Classic Works by the Author of The Red Badge of Courage.

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 her brother's friend, who was a scoundrel. He ended up abandoning her, as did her family. Eventually, she ended up on the streets.

This story is about the harshness of life, partially due to poverty, for a young woman in the
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Sarah
Jun 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Crane loves drama and he steeps this novella in the same mash of din and color as his Red Badge of Courage, but this ostensible failure (it wasn't popular until after he grew famous for Red Badge) is actually an odd mix of Jacob-Riis-esque documentary of the Bowery slums and a throw back of the mid-century temperance tales like Solon Robinson's wildly popular temperance tale, "Hot Corn," which was serialized in the New York Tribune (later published in novel format) and which spawned numerous min ...more
Zakiyah
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-shelf
This book was amazing. I applaud Stephen Crane for writing this book. I really liked it. It told me that Black people wernt the only ones treated badly. That other people like the Irish people were.
Something bad about the book was that I could not understand the lingo. I mean I could understand it but I either had the read it aloud, or read it really slowly. Also sometimes even when i understood the words, I couldnt understand what it meant.
Some positive things About Maggie girl from the stre
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Kelly
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 thi
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Romaissa
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
It felt so strange reading this book. I was completely lost and had no idea what i'm exactly reading. I thought i was going to read about Maggie, but the story was barely centred on her. I can't even make a judgement about her. The author was more concerned about describing the low life of the city than writing about Maggie. Besides the unfamiliar English he used in the characters' dialogues, his writing style was okay. However, i didn't enjoy the reporting of the events, and i guess the narrati ...more
Katharine
Mar 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
A sad, grim story. The characters are uselessly hypocritical, violently blaming each other for the missteps they themselves also made, and the whole book aches with a blatant lack of sympathy or love between any of the characters.
It is truly awful to see these characters wallowing in their own misery and yet heartlessly causing pain to the hurting ones around them. Very sad.
Andromeda
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This one was alright. I found it hard to get into, and to be honest I don't really think I drew any good themes from this book. It was hard to get through as well. It's not the worst thing I ever read, but it's definitely not one of the best either.
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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.

“The man had arrived at that stage of drunkenness where affection is felt for the universe.” 23 likes
“The girl, Maggie, blossomed in a mud puddle.” 12 likes
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