This Norton Critical Edition features the 1900 Doubleday Page text of the novel. "Backgrounds and Sources" reprints excerpts from Dreiser's autobiographies, and a documentary account, drawn largely from Dreiser's correspondence with Frank Norris, Arthur Henry, Walter H.Page and F.N.Doubleday,... show more
This Norton Critical Edition features the 1900 Doubleday Page text of the novel. "Backgrounds and Sources" reprints excerpts from Dreiser's autobiographies, and a documentary account, drawn largely from Dreiser's correspondence with Frank Norris, Arthur Henry, Walter H.Page and F.N.Doubleday, discusses the supposed "suppression" of Sister Carrie by its first publisher. "Criticism" includes twelve essays that seek to identify Dreiser's literary naturalism in "Sister Carrie", the sources of fictional strength in the novel and the novel's relationship to American life. New to the second edition are essays by Ellen Moers, Robert Penn Warren, Philip Fisher, Robert Shulman and Donald Pizer.
Publish date: February 1st 1991
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Pages no: 580
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
Sister Carrie is one of those novels that you frequently hear mentioned in nineteenth century literary criticism but probably isn't something you would go out of your way to pick up at the library -- one of the lesser "classics" that you might miss because there's so many others to read. If you're n...
So I felt like I hadn't read anything "meaty" in a while and picked this up. I was expecting a turn of the century momralizing tale, dense with rich language and poetic prose. Instead, this is not as straightforward. The novel opens with "When a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of tw...
Wtf. Didn't think it could get any worse until the end ruined it. This books has been a slow but constant decline. The style reminded me of a cheap mix of Balzac and James, and the mention of pere goriot in the last chapter gave me a bitter smile.
I can't believe I have to read this again. Maybe I'll like it better this time. UPDATE: Nope, I did not. Don't read this book.
I liked the beginning alot, the middle somewhat, and by the end I had wished it had ended about 100 pages back. The story was good and it was very modern for the time, but I felt it dragged towards the end and I am not particularly fond of narratives that do that.