Maggie, A Girl of the Streets, and Other Tales of New YorkBook - 2000
With its unflinching portrayal of the squalor and brutality of turn-of-the-century New York, Maggie- A Girl of the Streets produced a scandal when it was first published in 1893. Crane's novel chronicles the life of Maggie Johnson, the daughter of a cruel father and drunken mother, who finds work in a collar factory and is seduced by her brother's menacing friend, Pete. Disowned by her mother, Maggie becomes a prostitute and, ultimately, a victim of despair. But the novel is more than the tale of a young woman's tragic fall- it is also a powerful exploration of the destructive forces that underlie urban society and human nature.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2000.
Characteristics: xxix, 239 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.