Sister Carrie

Sister Carrie

by Theodore Dreiser, Lee Clark Mitchell
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Oxford University Press, USA

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Sister Carrie

An eighteen-year-old girl without money or connections ventures forth from her small town in search of a better life in Theodore Dreiser's revolutionary first novel. The chronicle of Carrie Meeber's rise from obscurity to fame -- and the effects of her progress on the men who use her and are used in turn -- aroused a storm of controversy and debate upon its debut in 1900. The author's nonjudgmental portrait of a heroine who violates the contemporary moral code outraged some critics, including the book's publisher, Frank Doubleday, who tried to back out of the agreement his firm had made with Dreiser. But other readers were elated -- and a century later, Dreiser's compelling plot and realistic characters continue to fascinate readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192835741
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(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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