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Sister Carrie (Norton Critical Editions)


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Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company, 2006



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The text of the Third Edition is based on the 1900 Doubleday Page edition, with detailed annotations that reveal the authors 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 editions 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 Dreisers 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 Dreisers 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 Dreisers distinctive literary naturalism and narrative technique, the novels 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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