The controversial classic novel of a young woman’s journey from poverty to stardom in capitalist America.
Dissatisfied with life in rural Wisconsin, eighteen-year-old Carrie Meeber travels to Chicago. With no money or prospects, her only means of survival is a job in a squalid factory—until Charlie Drouet, a charming, well-dressed man, offers to take her to dinner.
Lavishing her with gifts, fine clothes, and her own apartment, Charlie introduces Carrie to a life of wealth and sophistication far removed from the Victorian moralizing of her youth. But when Carrie begins an affair with another man—and a career as an actress—her ambitions and desires reach far beyond what Charlie, or any man, can offer.
Later adapted into the Academy Award–nominated film Carrie, starring Laurence Olivier, Sister Carrie is widely considered “one of the landmark novels of the twentieth century” and a masterpiece of literary realism (The New York Times). But when it was first published in 1900, it stirred controversy for its depiction of female sexuality. In his Nobel Prize speech, Sinclair Lewis declared that “Sister Carrie . . . 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.”
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Open Road Media; December 2016
- ISBN: 9781504042383
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- Title: Sister Carrie
- Author: Theodore Dreiser
Imprint: Open Road Media
In The Press
“Dreiser paints an intensely detailed, compelling and closely observed portrait of urban America at the turn of the 20th century.” —The Guardian
About The Author
Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945) was an American novelist best known for his naturalistic novels. He wrote commercial hits such as The “Genius”, The Financer, and Sister Carrie, the latter of which was adapted into the Academy Award–nominated film Carrie. Besides writing seminal hits, Dreiser was a socialist and political activist who fought for victims of social justice. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930.