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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; Reissue edition (26 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199539081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199539086
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.5 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Dreiser`s early novel is probably his greatest, and one of the greatest American novels`l Irish Times

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daisy on 30 Dec. 2013
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I'm not talking about the book itself, but the painfully lazy conversion to ebook- DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION, either pay more for another kindle version, or buy a physical copy. This one is full of mistakes and grammatical errors to the extent that I found it unreadable. not just a few small typos, there are mistakes on nearly every page, some so bad I'm not sure what it's actually supposed to say, sentences that don't make sense etc. Don t be swayed by the price, Stay well clear of this version!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pippa M on 15 Jun. 2014
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This may be a great story and I would love to know but this kindle version is the worst digitised book that I have ever read. It is so full of errors, bad spelling, grammar and punctuation that it is unreadable. It is just so sloppily done that the publishers ought to be ashamed to have made it available in this form. If you have ever used OCR (optical character recognition) software you will know what howlers it can create in mis-identifying words and grammar. But you would expect a publisher to have proof read and corrected the result before putting it on sale. Do not buy this version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank Sounder on 25 May 2014
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Dreiser was recommended to me and I came to this with high hopes. These still exist but I will be seeking another edition. The novel is so badly typeset, with erroneous punctuation, extra words and missing words, that it seems at first to be an example of some unique, previously undiscovered, modernist style. But it's not. It's just a shoddy shambles. If you still think it's worth forking out 73p to confirm this, don't. It's not. Also see review by Daisy
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie on 12 Mar. 2006
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Sister Carrie," Theodore Dreiser's debut novel, is the extraordinarily powerful story of Carrie Meeber, a naïve small-town girl from Wisconsin who comes to the big city, Chicago, to reside with her older sister's small family. The year is 1889. "She was eighteen years of age, bright, timid and full of the illusions of ignorance and youth."
Carrie is soon overwhelmed by the difficulty of finding work, especially since she has no previous experience as a wage earner. When she finally does get a job on an assembly line at a shoe factory for $3.50 per week, she is exhausted by long hours of standing and poor working conditions. "Not the slightest provision had been made for the comfort of the employees, the idea being that something was gained by giving them as little as possible." "The wash rooms and lavatories were disagreeable, crude, if not foul places, and the whole atmosphere was one of hard contract."
Carrie does well in spite of these hardships, but she must pay her sister's husband almost her entire salary for her room and board. With winter coming and the chill winds of a Chicago autumn upon her, Carrie has no money for a coat, hat, nor even an umbrella. She is absolutely wretched. Then she meets a young salesman, Charles Drouet, whom she had become slightly acquainted with on the train to the city. She is eventually tricked into living with him - seduced by his offers of marriage, and the economic security and comparative independence he provides her. She is still a girl and is motivated by impulses and her passive, overly trusting nature.
Carrie makes another serious mistake when she allows herself to be deceived a second time by a well-to-do, married saloon manager twice her age, Mr. Hurstwood.
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By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 July 2012
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Theodore Dreiser, an American novelist of the "naturalist school" published this, his first novel, in 1900, to limited acclaim. The wife of the publisher, Mrs. Doubleday, was adamantly opposed to its publication since, in her opinion, "immorality," by which she means, Carrie's relationship with men, was not clearly punished. At the end of my "Barnes & Noble Classics" copy, there is a spot-on retort from a review in the "San Francisco Argonaut": "But these critics will have little to say in condemnation of the immorality of a commercial system which offers young girls a wage of three or four dollars a week in payment for labor as destructive to the mind as to the body." As with numerous other American novelists, their merit was first recognized in Europe, and then reflected back to the States. The novel was re-issued in 1907, to a much more receptive public. Dreiser grew up in Indiana, and went to Chicago as a newspaperman. The principal character, Carrie, is based on his sister, who, in the novel, went from Wisconsin to Chicago. Though re-issued in the same year that Upton Sinclair published his famous muck-raking novel The Jungle (American Library), also set in Chicago, Dreiser's novel is actually set in the 1880's - `90's. In terms of the social classes, the two novels both complement and contrast the classes depicted, and there is a dash of some social mobility thrown in.

Carrie is a classic country girl, fleeing a big family, for the lights of the big city. On the train to Chicago she meets Drouet, a smooth-talking salesman. Carrie's domestic situation, living with her sister and brother-in-law is not a happy one, and she soon takes up "domestic arrangements" with Drouet.
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