Originally published in 1893, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets tells the story of the impoverished Johnson family and their experiences living in the squalid Bowery neighborhood of New York City. When the eldest of the Johnson children, Maggie, commits an act deemed disgraceful by society, her life is tragically altered by the aftermath of the community’s rejection.
Considered risqué at the time of its publication due to its strong, realistic themes, Maggie is now recognized as one of Stephen Crane’s best works, and is an example of one of the first instances of naturalism in American fiction.
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