Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Stories


Maggie is "regarded as the first work of unalloyed naturalism in American fiction."[3] According to the naturalistic principles, a character is set into a world where there is no escape from one's biological heredity. Additionally, the circumstances in which a person finds oneself will dominate one's behavior, depriving the individual of responsibility.[4] Although Stephen Crane denied any influence by Émile Zola,[5] the creator of Naturalism, on his work, examples in his texts indicate that this American author was inspired by French naturalism.

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