Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (A Norton Critical Edition)

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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets was the first major naturalistic novel in America.
This edition reprints the first published version, that of 1893.
Misprints and errors have been corrected and are identified in "A Note on the Text." Footnotes indicate changes in wording Crane made for the 1896 edition and explain slang expressions and customs of the day. Maps of the novel’s New York City locales are also ...

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Overview

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets was the first major naturalistic novel in America.
This edition reprints the first published version, that of 1893.
Misprints and errors have been corrected and are identified in "A Note on the Text." Footnotes indicate changes in wording Crane made for the 1896 edition and explain slang expressions and customs of the day. Maps of the novel’s New York City locales are also provided.
"Backgrounds and Sources" includes nonfictional accounts of urban life by Jacob Riis and others from which Crane drew, as well as discussions of Crane’s literary sources
"The Author and the Novel" traces the history of the novel's composition and revision.
Contemporary American reviews of the 1893 Maggie and American and English reviews of the 1896 edition focus on the historical importance of the work, the values and tastes of the 1890s, and Crane’s modernism.
The modern critical essays are by John Berryman, Charles Child Walcutt, William Bysshe Stein, Joseph X. Brennan, Janet Overmyer, Donald Pizer, Joseph Katz, Eric Solomon, Jay Martin, Donald B. Gibson, Arno Karlen, Katherine G. Simoneaux, Frank Bergon, Hershel Parker, Brian Higgins, and Thomas A. Gullason.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393950243
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1979
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 521,902
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Crane was an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and journalist. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation.

Thomas A. Gullason is Professor of English at the University of Rhode Island. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a member of the editorial committee of the journal Studies in Short Fiction and has edited The Complete Short Stories and Sketches of Stephen Crane; The Complete Novels of Stephen Crane; and Stephen Crane’s Career: Perspectives and Evaluations.

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Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume
List of Illustrations
Pt. 1 Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (A Story of New York): The Complete Text 1
Pt. 2 Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (A Story of New York): Cultural Contexts 95
1 In Darkest New York 97
Tenement Life 102
"A Hot Wave among the Poor" 102
"The New Uncle Tom's Cabin" 106
"The Tenement-House Problem" 112
"Tenement-House Morality" 120
"The Problem of the Children" 128
"Life in New York Tenement-Houses" 133
Shops, Saloons, Concert Halls 145
From "The Bowery" 145
"The Bowery at Night" 159
"Where 'De Gang' Hears the Band Play" 165
"The Beer Gardens" 170
From "The Saloon in Society" 174
"Tempting Poor Women: They Buy Beer and Have It Charged as 'Potatoes'" 183
From Metropolitan Life Unveiled; or the Mysteries and Mysteries of America's Great Cities 187
2 The Plight of the Working Woman 195
Working Women from the Perspective of Others 199
"The Song of the Shirt" 199
"The Working Girls of New York" 202
"Queens of the Shop, the Workroom, and the Tenement" 208
"Senate Testimony from 'Jennie June'" 217
"Store Girls: Their Fascinations, Foibles and Temptations" 226
"The Woes of the New York Working-Girl" 233
Working Women Tell Their Own Stories 243
"In Employment Offices: Trials of Women Who Look There for Work" 244
"Counter Trials: The Shop-Girl Speaks" 250
"The Song of the Shirt: How the Finisher Lives" 252
"The Embroiderer: Quick Work and Scanty Wages" 254
"The Scarf-Maker" 256
"The Lace-Maker" 258
"The Black-Borderer: A Solemn Kind of Work" 260
3 "The Painted Cohorts" 263
From The History of Prostitution 266
"Street Girls" 273
"Prostitution" 276
From Metropolitan Life Unveiled 285
"Report on Prostitution and the Working Woman" 289
"The Case of Rose Haggerty" 294
4 Realism and Beyond 302
Critics and Theorists 305
From Aesthetics 305
From The Art of Fiction 311
"The Future of Fiction" 316
"The Justification of Slum Stories" 327
From "New York Low Life in Fiction" 333
The Fallen Woman and Slum Fiction 338
From The Two Detectives; or, The Fortunes of a Bowery Girl 338
From We and Our Neighbors 345
From The Evil That Men Do 353
"Minnie Kelsey's Wedding" 361
Selected Bibliography 370
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    Velvetstar

    Velvetstar's already weakened body simply crumbled underneath Whitetail. She thrashed her claws in an effort to get Whitetail off, but nothing worked. "Whitetail I was your friend! I stuck by you when no one else would! Why would you do this?!" She cried, afraid and confused at Whitetail's actions. <p> Whitetail ignores both shecats, reminding herself of the power Shadowstar had promised her. The white shecat took Velvetstar by the neck and bit down harder and harder, wishing to finish her task now. <p> Shadowstars tsked. "Couldn't have you helping him," he melwed with fake remorse. Goldenstripe rolled onto his stomach and stood. Barely, but he still stood, determinded to keep his family. He looked between Whitetail's hold on Velvetstar, and Lilywolf, wondering again about her prophecy. A plan rung into his mind and Goldenstripe went after Whitetail. With suprising force he sunk his teeth into her flank and drug her away from Velvetstar. He looked coldly into her eyes. "I cared about you Whitetail, I tried to help you as much as I could! But it looks like you always belong here," he growled. <p> Whitetail did not look at Goldenstripe. "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry," repeatedly escaped her, more to herself than anyone. When Golsenstripe released his bite, blood seeped inti a puddle and the now dead Whitetail was silent. He'd bitten into her spinal chord, instantly dead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Lilywolf ON THE COMPUTER!  Next result guys!  ~ Lilywolf ¿

    Lilywolf ON THE COMPUTER!  Next result guys!  ~ Lilywolf ♥

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  • Anonymous

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    Lilywolf

    (Teehee! :P) Lilywolf glares up at Shadowstar with pure hate. But she's always known that he is evil. What really infuriates her is Whitetail. "How could you Whitetail?! You are the biggest piece of crowfood eating, foxdung rolling, mousebrained, twoleg lover ever. I hate you! You hear that?! You had a friend once but now... he saved you from Shadowstar! You are evil! I hope you rot in a starless prison forever! Let me go! You... you..." Tears stream down Lilywolf's face. "Goldenstripe! Goldenstripe my love! Noo! Please just let me go to him!" She struggles under Shadowstar desperarely, grief threatening to swallow her. ~ Lilywolf &hearts

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    Goldenstripe

    (What the heck are you talking about crazy! Making things conplicated again. Girls....aye aye aye)
    For an instant Goldenstripe looked at Whitetail with a genuine pity. He is confused by her last words but has no time to react before he feels his insides pulled apart. The golden tom toppled over in pain, half a yowl escaping him before he was silenced.
    Shadowstar quickly intervenes and tackles Lilywolf off his partner. He had grown extremely powerful and easily holds her down. "Ah ah, not yet Lilywolf," he says, tracing his tail under muzzle. <p> Whitetail stands, paralyzed in shock at her own actions as she stares at his bloody figure. <p> "What're you doing?! Get the other!!" Shadowstar barks. <p> Whitetail nods and runs to a sml tunnel, the only safe way into the ravine. She enters and looks for Velvetstar. <p> Velvetstar stood to face Whitetail, her amber gaze dark with hate. Instead of fighting her, the white and black leader rushed for the tunnel, emerging on the other side. "Goldenstripe!" She shrieked in horror. <p> Velvetstar's cry was cut off when Whitetail pounced on her from behind and dug her claws into her shoulders.

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