Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie, New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1900

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch37

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie, New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1900, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch37

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675

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Keywords:

  • key texts;
  • Theodore Dreiser, and Sister Carrie (1900) - Sister Carrie, his first novel, Dreiser working as a reporter in Chicago, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh, and as an editor in New York;
  • Dreiser, good fortune to have as a reader at publishers, Doubleday, Page - novelist Frank Norris, author of McTeague and The Octopus;
  • Sister Carrie, an urban story - Carrie, meeting Drouet traveling to Chicago, and Chicago and New York, as main settings for the novel;
  • novel, illustrating widening gap - through the fates of its central characters;
  • Frank Norris, reading the manuscript for Doubleday, Page - novel reflecting, views of Thomas Huxley and Herbert Spencer;
  • Dreiser's novel, suggesting - inevitability of events that unfold, language of scientific process: “The Magnet Attracting: A Waif Amid Forces”;
  • Carrie, thanks to Ames, a star in the world - of escapist entertainment, Dreiser's novel sets itself against, reading Balzac at the height of her musical-comedy fame;
  • degree to which a character, allows biological appetite - insatiable materialism, or illusion to completely drive his or her life, illustrated by Ames;
  • Dreiser's examination of role of media in the novel - the theater in which Carrie finds success

Summary

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