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Sister Carrie (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

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At the turn of the century, a country girl leaves home for the big city. At a time when the only option for women was to marry well, Carrie shows us a different road. While her rabid ambition and vanity indicate her true nature, the society in which she navigates is harsh and unforgiving. Dreiser's portrait of the ugliness of human nature is stunning.
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Publisher Comments:

Unexpurgated version of Dreiser's story of a country girl's rise to riches as the mistress of a wealthy man.

Synopsis:

The story of a country girl's rise to riches as the mistress of a wealthy man. Published in 1900, its subject matter and Dreiser's non-moralistic approach made it highly controversial and hence, heavilly edited. In this restored version, the revolutionary nature of the novel is evident.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [xvii]-xviii)

About the Author

Theodore Dreiser was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, on August 27, 1871. After a poor and difficult childhood, Dreiser broke into newspaper work in Chicago in 1892. A successful career as a magazine writer in New York during the late 1890s was followed by his first novel, Sister Carrie (1900). When this work made little impact, Dreiser published no fiction until Jennie Gerhardt in 1911. There then followed a decade and a half of major work in a number of literary forms, which was capped in 1925 by An American Tragedy, a novel that brought him universal acclaim. Dreiser was increasingly preoccupied by philosophical and political issues during the last two decades of his life. He died in Los Angeles on December 28, 1945.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140188288
Introduction:
Kazin, Alfred
Author:
Kazin, Alfred
Editor:
Berkey, John C.
Editor:
Winters, Charles D.
Author:
Winters, Alice M.
Author:
Berkey, John C.
Author:
Westlake, Neda M.
Author:
Dreiser, Theodore
Author:
Winters, Charles D.
Author:
West, Ja
Author:
West, James
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Mistresses
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
Series Volume:
C-3660
Publication Date:
19940831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
7.77x5.08x.95 in. .82 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 528 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140188288 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

At the turn of the century, a country girl leaves home for the big city. At a time when the only option for women was to marry well, Carrie shows us a different road. While her rabid ambition and vanity indicate her true nature, the society in which she navigates is harsh and unforgiving. Dreiser's portrait of the ugliness of human nature is stunning.

"Synopsis" by , The story of a country girl's rise to riches as the mistress of a wealthy man. Published in 1900, its subject matter and Dreiser's non-moralistic approach made it highly controversial and hence, heavilly edited. In this restored version, the revolutionary nature of the novel is evident.
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