Not yet famous for his Civil War masterpiece, The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane was unable to find a publisher for his brilliant Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, finally printing it himself in 1893.
Condemned and misunderstood during Crane's lifetime, this starkly realistic story of a pretty child of the Bowery has since been recognized as a landmark work in American fiction.
Now Crane's great short novel of life in turn-of-the-century New York is published in its original form, along with four of Crane's best short stories"The Blue Hotel," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," "The Monster," and "The Open Boat"stories of such remarkable power and clarity that they stand among the finest short stories ever written by an American.
Reprints Crane's original, unexpurgated 1893 text about perhaps the most memorable prostitute in American literature, presenting it in the context of 45 contemporary essays depicting the historical, cultural, and social milieu of late 19th century New York tenements, including discussion of: the role of alcohol, attitudes toward working women, and literary realism and reform movements. Contains a chronology of Crane's life and times and some period illustrations. No index. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.