Sister Carrie

ISBN-10: 0486434680
ISBN-13: 9780486434681
Edition: 2004
Authors: Theodore Dreiser
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Description: An 18-year-old girl without money or connections ventures forth from her small town in search of a better life in Theodore Dreiser's revolutionary first novel. The chronicle of Carrie Meeber's rise from obscurity to fame-and the effects of her  More...

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List price: $5.50
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/7/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

An 18-year-old girl without money or connections ventures forth from her small town in search of a better life in Theodore Dreiser's revolutionary first novel. The chronicle of Carrie Meeber's rise from obscurity to fame-and the effects of her progress on the men who use her and are used in turn-aroused a storm of controversy and debate upon its debut in 1900. The author's nonjudgmental portrait of a heroine who violates the contemporary moral code outraged some critics and elated others. A century later, Dreiser's compelling plot and realistic characters continue to fascinate readers. Unabridged republication of the classic 1900 edition.

Theodore Dreiser was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, the twelfth of 13 children. His childhood was spent in poverty, or near poverty, and his family moved often. In spite of the constant relocations, Dreiser managed to attend school, and, with the financial aid of a sympathetic high school teacher, he was able to attend Indiana University. However, the need for income forced him to leave college after one year and take a job as a reporter in Chicago. Over the next 10 years, Dreiser held a variety of newspaper jobs in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and finally New York. He published his first novel, Sister Carrie in 1900, but because the publisher's wife considered its language and subject matter too "strong", it was barely advertised and went almost unnoticed. Today it is regarded as one of Dreiser's best works. It is the story of Carrie, a young woman from the Midwest, who manages to rise to fame and fortune on the strength of her personality and ambition, through her acting talent, and via her relationships with various men. Much of the book's controversy came from the fact that it portrayed a young woman who engages in sexual relationships without suffering the poverty and social downfall that were supposed to be the "punishment" for such "sin." Dreiser's reputation has increased instrumentally over the years. His best book and first popular success, An American Tragedy (1925), is now considered a major American novel, and his other works are widely taught in college courses. Like Sister Carrie, An American Tragedy also tells the story of an ambitious young person from the Midwest. In this case, however, the novel's hero is a man who is brought to ruin because of a horrible action he commits - he murders a poor young woman whom he has gotten pregnant, but whom he wants to discard in favor of a wealthy young woman who represents luxury and social advancement. As Dreiser portrays him, the young man is a victim of an economic system that torments so many with their lack of privilege and power and temps them to unspeakable acts. Dreiser is also known for the Coperwood Trilogy - The Financier (1912), The Titan (1914), and the posthumously published The Store (1947). Collectively the three books paint the portrait of a brilliant and ruthless "financial buccaneer." Dreiser is associated with Naturalism, a writing style that also includes French novelist Emile Zola. Naturalism seeks to portray all the social forces that shape the lives of the characters, usually conveying a sense of the inevitable doom that these forces must eventually bring about. Despite this apparent pessimism, Dreiser had faith in socialism as a solution to what he saw as the economic injustices of American capitalism. His socialist views were reinforced by a trip to the newly socialist Soviet Union, and in fact, Dreiser is still widely read in that country. There, as here, he is seen as a powerful chronicler of the injustices and ambitions of his time. Dreiser officially joined the Communist Party shortly before his death in 1945.

The Magnet Attracting: A Waif Amid Forces
What Poverty Threatened: Of Granite and Brass
Wee Question of Fortune: Four-Fifty a Week
The Spendings of Fancy: Facts Answer with Sneers
A Glittering Night Flower: The Use of a Name
The Machine and the Maiden: A Knight of To-day
The Lure of the Material: Beauty Speaks for Itself
Intimations by Winter: An Ambassador Summoned
Convention's Own Tinder-box: The Eye That Is Green
The Counsel of Winter: Fortune's Ambassador Calls
The Persuasion of Fashion: Feeling Guards O'er Its Own
Of the Lamps of the Mansions: The Ambassador's Plea
His Credentials Accepted: A Babel of Tongues
With Eyes and Not Seeing: One Influence Wanes
The Irk of the Old Ties: The Magic of Youth
A Witless Aladdin: The Gate to the World
A Glimpse Through the Gateway: Hope Lightens the Eye
Just Over the Border: A Hail and Farewell
An Hour in Elfland: A Clamour Half Heard
The Lure of the Spirit: The Flesh in Pursuit
The Lure of the Spirit: The Flesh in Pursuit
The Blaze of the Tinder: Flesh Wars with the Flesh
A Spirit in Travail: One Rung Put Behind
Ashes of Tinder: A Face at the Window
Ashes of Tinder: The Loosing of Stays
The Ambassador Fallen: A Search for the Gate
When Waters Engulf Us We Reach for a Star
A Pilgrim, an Outlaw: The Spirit Detained
The Solace of Travel: The Boats of the Sea
The Kingdom of Greatness: The Pilgrim Adream
A Pet of Good Fortune: Broadway Flaunts Its Joys
The Feast of Belshazzar: A Seer to Translate
Without the Walled City: The Slope of the Years
The Grind of the Millstones: A Sample of Chaff
The Passing of Effort: The Visage of Care
A Grim Retrogression: The Phantom of Chance
The Spirit Awakens: New Search for the Gate
In Elf Land Disporting: The Grim World Without
Of Lights and of Shadows: The Parting of Worlds
A Public Dissension: A Final Appeal
The Strike
A Touch of Spring: The Empty Shell
The World Turns Flatterer: An Eye in the Dark
And This Is Not Elf Land: What Gold Will Not Buy
Curious Shifts of the Poor
Stirring Troubled Waters
The Way of the Beaten: A Harp in the Wind

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