This harrowing tale of a young girl in the slums is a searing portrayal of turn-of-the-century New York, and Stephen Crane's most innovative work. Published in 1893, when the author was just twenty-one, it broke new ground with its vivid characters, its brutal naturalism, and its empathic rendering of the lives of the poor. It remains both powerful, severe, and harshly comic (in Alfred Kazin's words) and a masterpiece of modern American prose.
This edition includes Maggie and George's Mother, Crane's other Bowery tales, and the most comprehensive available selection of Crane's New York journalism. All texts in this volume are presented in their definitive versions.
About the Author
Stephen Crane (1871-1900) was an American author who won international acclaim for his 1895 novel The Red Badge of Courage. In the company of other esteemed writers, such as Joseph Conrad and H. G. Wells, Crane never lived up to his potential. After struggling with mental health and financial difficulties, he died of tuberculosis at the age of 28.
Luc Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium, and now lives in New York City. He is the author of "Evidence," "The Factory of Facts," and "Walker Evans," and his work has appeared in "The New York Review of Books," "The New Republic," and "Harper's," among other publications. He teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.
"He was the first American writer because he was the first to be passionately interested in the life that surrounded him and the life that surrounded him was that of America."