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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets: A Stephen Crane Novel

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets is a ground breaking novel relating to the precarious state of women in the new industrial world at the end of the 19th century. One blemish on a reputation and a woman would often be banned from her house, subject to earning her living on the streets, and often dying young as Maggie does.
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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets is a ground-breaking novel relating to the precarious state of women in the new industrial world at the end of the 19th century. One blemish on a reputation, and a woman would often be banned from her house, subject to earning her living on the streets, and often dying young, as Maggie does. The irony is that Maggie has two abusive parents, the father who dies early in the novel, and the mother who hurls her out, with much fussing and lamenting about "all she has done" for Maggie.

Crane's irony builds from the beginning through Maggie's brother, who is upset his friend debauched Maggie and got her pregnant. The turning point is in Jimmy, who starts to realize that he has done the same to other brothers' sisters. It is the early realization of this behavior that makes the most interesting psychological impact on the novel.

As always, Maggie contains the beautiful word paintings of Crane. As Maggie descends towards her doom each successive bar/entertainment place Maggie is taken to becomes increasingly bawdy and unappealing. Maggie preserves what order there is in the family home, nurses her mother, but that does not protect her position in the end, when she gets hurled out.

This is one of the most moving stories in American literature. If this novel doesn't break your heart a little, no novel will. In our mind, Maggie is the equal of Crane's more famous work, The Red Badge of Courage, which depicts war with a candor similar to the depiction of the tenements and people of the Bowery in New York. A must read for all students of American literature and a wonderful one for the rest of us.

Public Domain (P)2010 Christina Brown

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    A. Hudson-Tomblin ATL, GA 01-11-13
    A. Hudson-Tomblin ATL, GA 01-11-13

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoyed the story, but the narrator sounds listless and boring.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

    I would not want another Deaver Brown performance if he sounds as dead as he sounds in Maggie.


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    Laura Hendersonville, TN, United States 02-10-12
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    "I love the book, but the reading was terrible."
    Would you try another book from Stephen Crane and/or Deaver Brown?

    I love Stephen Crane, but this reader was terrible. It was monotone and read in a way that was difficult to understand at times. The reader sounded bored. There were places where I think tracks were fused and words were lost.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

    No.


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    The reader is horrible. Usually I still listen, but this was bad. I didn't make it past 5 minutes. Very monotone, no pacing. It was like he just wanted to get it over with and was annoyed he had to read it.

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