SISTER CARRIE BOOK
Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Sister Carrie: A Novel by Theodore Dreiser. Book Cover. Download; Bibrec. The novel opens with Caroline – Sister Carrie – Meeber moving from the country to the city, taking the train to Chicago to realise her hopes for a. This Norton Critical Edition features the Doubleday Page text of the novel. " Backgrounds and Sources" reprints excerpts from Dreiser's autobiographies.
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Sister Carrie () is a novel by Theodore Dreiser about a young country girl who moves to the big city where she starts realizing her own American Dream. Sister Carrie book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. When a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two thing. Also by Theodore Dreiser · An American Tragedy. Sister Carrie. The Financier. Sister Carrie. Jennie Gerhardt. See all books by Theodore Dreiser.
Dreiser began Sister Carrie occasionally titled "The Flesh and the Spirit" during its composition at the suggestion of his friend Arthur Henry in Although he finished it on 29 March , he was always dissatisfied with his work, and began to make revisions even as it was being submitted to New York publishers.
This was a new imprint whose in-house reader, Frank Norris, was a published novelist whom Dreiser admired. Initially, it was Norris's enthusiasm that persuaded Doubleday to accept Sister Carrie. Then, possibly because Frank Doubleday's wife found the story repugnant and the text too sexually explicit, the firm turned it down.
A row ensued in which Dreiser — who was always a combative character, at odds with the world — insisted on publication, standing on his legal rights, egged on by Arthur Henry. At one extraordinary moment, trying to get out of the contract, Frank Doubleday actually volunteered to offer the book to some of his rivals, including Macmillan and Lippincott.
But Dreiser was adamant. He had a contract, and he would not be dissuaded. Like any publisher bullied by one of their authors, Doubleday, Page did not launch Sister Carrie with much enthusiasm. It finally appeared on 8 November in an edition of 1, copies, of which were sent out for review and were actually sold.
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The balance of copies was later turned over to a remainder house. Dreiser, mythologising his debut, subsequently claimed that Doubleday had effectively suppressed his first novel. The record shows, however, that it was well and widely reviewed, and appeared in Britain in from William Heinemann. This, for newcomers to Dreiser, is possibly the most interesting aspect of the novel's history, and runs in summary as follows: Between and , all editions of the novel were of a second altered version.
Not until did Dreiser's unaltered version appear when the University of Pennsylvania Press issued a scholarly edition based upon the original manuscript held by the New York Public Library.
It is a reconstruction by a team of leading scholars to represent the novel before it was edited by hands other than Dreiser's.
In his Nobel Prize Lecture of , Sinclair Lewis said that "Dreiser's great first novel, Sister Carrie , which he dared to publish thirty long years ago and which I read twenty-five years ago, came to housebound and airless America like a great free Western wind, and to our stuffy domesticity gave us the first fresh air since Mark Twain and Whitman. In , the Modern Library ranked Sister Carrie 33rd on its list of the best English-language novels of the 20th century.
Theodore Dreiser is considered one of America's greatest naturalists , significant because he wrote at the early stages of the naturalist movement. Sister Carrie was a movement away from the emphasis on morals of the Victorian era and focused more on realism and the base instincts of humans. Sister Carrie went against social and moral norms of the time, as Dreiser presented his characters without judging them.
Dreiser fought against censorship of Sister Carrie , brought about because Carrie engaged in affairs and other "illicit sexual relationships" without suffering any consequences. This flouted prevailing norms, that a character who practiced such sinful behavior must be punished in the course of the plot in order to be taught a lesson.
Dreiser has often been critiqued for his writing style. In Arnold Bennett said, "Dreiser simply does not know how to write, never did know, never wanted to know. His plotlines were also decried as unimaginative, critics citing his lack of education and claiming that he lacked intellectualism. However, Alfred Kazin —while criticizing Dreiser's style—pointed out that Dreiser's novels had survived and remained influential works. Michael Lydon, in defense of Dreiser, claims that his patience and powers of observation created accurate depictions of the urban world and the desires and ambitions of the people of the time.
Lydon said that Dreiser's intent was to focus on the message of Sister Carrie , not on its writing style. Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie was not widely accepted after it was published, although it was not completely withdrawn by its publishers, as some sources say it was.
Neither was it received with the harshness that Dreiser reported. For example, the Toledo Blade reported that the book "is a faithful portraiture of the conditions it represents, showing how the tangle of human life is knotted thread by thread" but that it was "too realistic, too somber to be altogether pleasing". Sister Carrie evoked different responses from the critics, and although the book did not sell well among the general public, it often received positive reviews.
Reviews mentioned the novel's realistic depiction of the human condition. A review in The Academy said that Sister Carrie was "absolutely free from the slightest trace of sentimentality or pettiness, and dominated everywhere by a serious and strenuous desire for truth.
Negative response to the novel came largely from the book's sexual content, which made Sister Carrie , in the words of the Omaha Daily Bee in , "not a book to be put into the hands of every reader indiscriminately. Several critics complained the title made the book sound as if the main character is a nun. Other common complaints were about the length of the book and that it is so depressing that it is unpleasant to read.
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While some viewed his work as grammatically and syntactically inaccurate, others found his detailed storytelling intriguing. Mencken referred to Dreiser as "a man of large originality, of profound feeling, and of unshakable courage". In opposition, one critic, Karl F. Zender, argued that Dreiser's stress on circumstance over character was "adequate neither to the artistic power nor to the culture implications of Sister Carrie".
In fact, the novel and its modern ideas of morality helped to produce a movement in which the literary generation of its time was found "detaching itself from its predecessor". David E. Sloan argued that Dreiser's novel undermined the general consensus that hard work and virtue bring success in life.
Though Dreiser has been criticized for his writing style and lack of formal education, Sister Carrie remains an influential example of naturalism and realism. While it initially did not sell well fewer than copies and encountered censorship, it is now considered one of the great American urban novels, which explores the gritty details of human nature, as well as how the process of industrialization affected the American people.
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