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  • Series: Modern Library Classics
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; Modern Library Classics edition (March 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375756892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375756894
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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."

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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.

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His voice is so flexible that you often forget there is only one reader.
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Treat yourself to this amazing collection and enjoy the works of one of the greatest American writers of all time!
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A master story teller who has an almost impish pleasure in the way words can portray character.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Naturalist on February 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Stephen Crane is one of the most underrated turn-of-the-century American writers. This collection isn't a bad introduction to his work, but keep in mind that it doesn't include some of Crane's best short stories, such as "The Open Boat", "The Monster," and "The Blue Hotel." I'd recommend this collection to the Crane veteran, as it contains some of his lesser-known but equally important sketches and short stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jul on March 17, 2012
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A master story teller who has an almost impish pleasure in the way words can portray character. He will find the telling word that comments on its own use. He creates the sense that the narrator is not a snob, not morally superior as Joyce, Dickens, or most the the famous ones will. I love em all dearly, but they can get awfully high tone. Crane is not telling you what to think, or how tragic the ole human condition is. He's telling you a story. And its a good one too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eyetemper on February 2, 2014
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this collection is invaluable. I recommend it to anyone interested in American literature and intellectual thought around the turn of the century.
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By Wynreader on August 6, 2011
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These stories are tough for the modern reader. They unfold at a slower pace, and the dated vocabulary might be distracting in print. It's the amazing performance of Dick Hill that breathes life into the stories on this recording. He has carefully analyzed each one and fills the simple, sometimes repetitive dialogue with emotions that the first time reader would probably overlook. His voice is so flexible that you often forget there is only one reader. I have two of these stories on other recorded books, but I believe his interpretation is most true to the author's intentions and certainly the most entertaining.

Bravo and thank you Dick Hill!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Comic Enthusiast on June 26, 2013
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I bought this for an English class-- I just needed "Maggie." However, after finishing it I was so impressed with Crane's writing ability that I finished the rest of the stories. These are great pieces of realism that are quick reads and still hold up today. Treat yourself to this amazing collection and enjoy the works of one of the greatest American writers of all time!
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