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Sister Carrie: The Pennsylvania Edition (The University of Pennsylvania Dreiser Edition)

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  • Sales Rank:7,514,742
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
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  • Edition:The Pennsylvania Ed
  • Pages:704
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.8
  • Dimensions (in):8.4 x 5.9 x 0.7
  • Publication Date:April 1, 1981
  • ISBN:0812211103
  • EAN:9780812211108
  • ASIN:0812211103
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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1917 Original Publisher: The modern library Subjects: Drama / American Fiction / Classics Fiction / Literary Fiction / Psychological Literary Criticism / American / General Performing Arts / Acting
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Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser's revolutionary first novel, was published in 1900--sort of. The story of Carrie Meeber, an 18-year-old country girl who moves to Chicago and becomes a kept woman, was strong stuff at the turn of the century, and what Dreiser's wary publisher released was a highly expurgated version. Times change, and we now have a restored "author's cut" of Sister Carrie that shows how truly ahead of his time Dreiser was. First and foremost, he has written an astute, nonmoralizing account of a woman and her limited options in late-19th-century America. That's impressive in and of itself, but Dreiser doesn't stop there. Digging deeply into the psychological underpinnings of his characters, he gives us people who are often strangers to themselves, drifting numbly until fate pushes them on a path they can later neither defend nor even remember choosing.

Dreiser's story unfolds in the measured cadences of an earlier era. This sometimes works brilliantly as we follow the choices, small and large, that lead some characters to doom and others to glory. On the other hand, the middle chapters--of which there are many--do drag somewhat, even when one appreciates Dreiser's intentions. If you can make it through the sagging midsection, however, you'll be rewarded by Sister Carrie's last 150 pages, which depict the harrowing downward spiral of one of the book's central characters. Here Dreiser portrays with brutal power how the wrong decision--or lack of decision--can lay waste to a life. --Rebecca Gleason


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