Sister Carrie (Norton Critical Edition) / Edition 3

Sister Carrie (Norton Critical Edition) / Edition 3

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by Theodore Dreiser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393927733

ISBN-13: 9780393927733

Pub. Date: 11/01/2005

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The text of the Third Edition is based on the 1900 Doubleday Page edition, with detailed annotations that reveal the author’s use of real people and places in Chicago and New York.
The novel is followed by "A Note on the Text," which discusses the relationship between this edition’s text and that of the Pennsylvania Edition (1981), and a "Textual…  See more details below

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The text of the Third Edition is based on the 1900 Doubleday Page edition, with detailed annotations that reveal the author’s use of real people and places in Chicago and New York.
The novel is followed by "A Note on the Text," which discusses the relationship between this edition’s text and that of the Pennsylvania Edition (1981), and a "Textual Appendix," which provides a generous sampling of the cuts Dreiser and his friend Arthur Henry made in the typescript version of Sister Carrie. "Backgrounds and Sources" reprints generous excerpts from Dreiser’s autobiographies and other writings that help establish his personal connection to the novel. Coverage of the supposed "suppression" of Sister Carrie by its first publisher is drawn from Dreiser’s correspondence with Frank Norris, Arthur Henry, Walter H. Page, and F. N. Doubleday. "Criticism" collects thirteen essays, six of them new to the Third Edition, that discuss Dreiser’s distinctive literary naturalism and narrative technique, the novel’s relationship to American culture, and issues of gender and class in the novel, among other topics. Contributors include Ellen Moers, Robert Penn Warren, Amy Kaplan, Alan Trachtenberg, and Donald Pizer, among others. A Chronology of Sister Carrie and a Selected Bibliography are also included.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393927733
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
622
Sales rank:
476,648
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

I.The Magnet Attracting: A Waif Amid Forces1
II.What Poverty Threatened: Of Granite and Brass8
III.Wee Question of Fortune: Four-Fifty a Week12
IV.The Spendings of Fancy: Facts Answer with Sneers20
V.A Glittering Night Flower: The Use of a Name30
VI.The Machine and the Maiden: A Knight of To-day35
VII.The Lure of the Material: Beauty Speaks for Itself45
VIII.Intimations by Winter: An Ambassador Summoned53
IX.Convention's Own Tinder-box: The Eye That Is Green59
X.The Counsel of Winter: Fortune's Ambassador Calls64
XI.The Persuasion of Fashion: Feeling Guards O'er Its Own71
XII.Of the Lamps of the Mansions: The Ambassador's Plea78
XIII.His Credentials Accepted: A Babel of Tongues85
XIV.With Eyes and Not Seeing: One Influence Wanes92
XV.The Irk of the Old Ties: The Magic of Youth98
XVI.A Witless Aladdin: The Gate to the World107
XVII.A Glimpse Through the Gateway: Hope Lightens the Eye113
XVIII.Just Over the Border: A Hail and Farewell120
XIX.An Hour in Elfland: A Clamour Half Heard124
XX.The Lure of the Spirit: The Flesh in Pursuit134
XXI.The Lure of the Spirit: The Flesh in Pursuit141
XXII.The Blaze of the Tinder: Flesh Wars with the Flesh144
XXIII.A Spirit in Travail: One Rung Put Behind153
XXIV.Ashes of Tinder: A Face at the Window162
XXV.Ashes of Tinder: The Loosing of Stays165
XXVI.The Ambassador Fallen: A Search for the Gate169
XXVII.When Waters Engulf Us We Reach for a Star178
XXVIII.A Pilgrim, an Outlaw: The Spirit Detained186
XXIX.The Solace of Travel: The Boats of the Sea194
XXX.The Kingdom of Greatness: The Pilgrim Adream204
XXXI.A Pet of Good Fortune: Broadway Flaunts Its Joys210
XXXII.The Feast of Belshazzar: A Seer to Translate217
XXXIII.Without the Walled City: The Slope of the Years228
XXXIV.The Grind of the Millstones: A Sample of Chaff234
XXXV.The Passing of Effort: The Visage of Care241
XXXVI.A Grim Retrogression: The Phantom of Chance249
XXXVII.The Spirit Awakens: New Search for the Gate257
XXXVIII.In Elf Land Disporting: The Grim World Without263
XXXIX.Of Lights and of Shadows: The Parting of Worlds271
XL.A Public Dissension: A Final Appeal280
XLI.The Strike286
XLII.A Touch of Spring: The Empty Shell299
XLIII.The World Turns Flatterer: An Eye in the Dark306
XLIV.And This Is Not Elf Land: What Gold Will Not Buy313
XLV.Curious Shifts of the Poor320
XLVI.Stirring Troubled Waters331
XLVII.The Way of the Beaten: A Harp in the Wind340

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Sister Carrie (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
dubsbox More than 1 year ago
After having read this book, it's interesting to read it's summary here on bn.com. I found there to be much more depth to the story and the theme more along the lines of "the impact of materialism on one's character" than fate vs. free-will. From my perspective, Carrie went from being innocent, to greedy/self-absorbed and finally to one aware of their own insignificance within the world. This is by no means an uplifting book, but it is definitely relevant today. Many of the attitudes depicted among the characters here are quite prolific in our society today, although with a bit of modernity. The corrosive selfishness and denial present throughout the story are just as damaging in our lives today. Dreiser, with his simple language and direct story-telling, made it very easy for me to sympathize and subsequently criticize the various characters. Many shades of grey make the characters very real and reminiscent of those we know today. Aside from the emotional draw to the characters, I found their overall presence to be convincing and realistic. Not once did I find myself thinking that these could not have been "real" people either today or "back then." There were moments where the story did slow down a bit and I was left wondering "what next?" Then the next turn came and I was further engaged. Overall, the story keeps a decent pace and I found this to be an enjoyable read. Dreiser does a nice job of tying up loose ends at the end, although it does feel a bit like an afterthought.
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Blue_StockingNYC More than 1 year ago
Dreiser took realism a step further with his socially provocative and politicized writing. "Sister Carrie" shocking in its day is now a deeply satisfying read.
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The writing style took me a few pages to get used to. Or perhaps in keeping with that style, I should say, I found the style of writing to be at first encounter a bit more out of fashion than one might have anticipated. The story was engaging, though a bit melodramatic. Good read, all in all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Errors in punctuation, verbage, syntax. It's as though it had been transcribed by one unaccustomed to the English language. Try for a better transcription.
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Dale Zapata More than 1 year ago
This edition has a bunch of typos, misformattings, etc. The worst part is that I e-mailed Barnes and Noble about a refund and to ask to have it removed, but they're pretty terrible in dealing with this kind of thing.
ladycatlover More than 1 year ago
One of the best books ever written, Sister Carrie is a great study of a timeperiod, but more importantly, of human character. While it is an older book it's very fresh and does not feel antiquated. Drieser is an amazing author. Not to be missed.
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