Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, and other short fiction
Most high-schoolers have to read that one, and it's a classic. 'Maggie' was his first work and he couldn't find a market for it so he self-published and that didn't sell either. It was only after 'Red Badge' became popular that 'Maggie' finally saw the light of day. It's a raw, violent short work of fiction, but it tells well the story of life in the New York City tenements in the 1880s. The other stories are as good. It's hard to imagine that Stephen Crane died at twenty-eight. He was wise beyond his years, and he wrote so well. A small book, but one I think you'll enjoy.