Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Tales of New York
Although fellow novelists William Dean Howells and Hamlin Garland immediately recognized genius in the twenty-one-year-old author of Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, in 1893 most readers were unwilling to accept its unconventional theme and were un...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 ...more
First the positive. Crane's narrative throughout all the various short stories is vivid and highly realist ...more
I loved Crane's writing. His eloquence juxtaposed perfectly against the vernacular of the late 19th century New York City slums. He captured the daily life of the the people, many immigrants, and gave the reader a deeper look into the lives and thoughts of the lower/working class during the turn of the century. The stories themselves were not fantastic and I mean that in the sense of plot because these stor ...more
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 ...more
I was weary of the dialogue at first because a lot of it is written in diale ...more
Weither classics are your favorite genre or its mystery, paranormal-romance(like me), or dystopian fiction, you should read it.
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.