Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Stories, Paperback

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Stories Paperback

Part of the Wordsworth Classics series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D., Research Professor of English, Sussex University.

During his tragically short life, Stephen Crane gained fame as a vividly distinctive writer.

His stories of evolving American society are unflinchingly realistic and shrewdly ironic.

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets tells of Maggie's seduction and downfall into prostitution amid the harsh world of the Bronx, where life is a battlefield.

The other tales offer a diversity of insights into social hypocrisy, child psychology, and the wild violence of the frontiersmen.

Such violence is ruthlessly depicted in 'The Blue Hotel'.

This collection of stories is replete with lively dialogue, ominous atmospheres, dry humour and graphic incidents.

Praised by Joseph Conrad and Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Crane's memorable tales have become enduringly influential.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781853265594


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These stories were, as with most short story collections, a bit of a mixed bunch. Some I liked (The Monster, His New Mittens), some not so much.Overall the book was ok, but I felt like I was missing something. Half of the stories just left me feeling confused and like "What the...?".The title story Maggie started off really well, with Maggie and her brother as children. I thought I was going to enjoy it, but then it jumped ahead to when Maggie was grown up and it just went a bit weird.I liked The Monster. It was about a black slave who tries to save a boy from a burning building and is badly burnt in the process. His face is scarred for life, and the story tells how instead of being treated as a hero he is treated like a monster.I also liked His New Mittens which is about a little boy who runs away from home because his mother is angry at him for losing his new mittens. The little boy in the story is sweet and his main reason for running away is to punish his mum for being angry at him.

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