Sister Carrie
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Sister Carrie
By Theodore Dreiser
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When a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two things. Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse.' The tale of Carrie Meeber's rise to stardom in the theatre and George Hurstwood's slow decline captures the twin poles of exuberance and exhaustion in modern city life as never before. The premier example of American naturalism, Dreiser's remarkable first novel has deeply influenced such key writers as William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saul Bellow, and Joyce Carol Oates. This edition uses the 1900 text, which is regarded as the author's final version. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Table of Contents
  • Sister Carrie
  • SISTER CARRIE
    • CHAPTER I THE MAGNET ATTRACTING: A WAIF AMID FORCES
    • CHAPTER II WHAT POVERTY THREATENED: OF GRANITE AND BRASS
    • CHAPTER III WE QUESTION OF FORTUNE: FOUR-FIFTY A WEEK
    • CHAPTER IV THE SPENDINGS OF FANCY: FACTS ANSWER WITH SNEERS
    • CHAPTER V A GLITTERING NIGHT FLOWER: THE USE OF A NAME
    • CHAPTER VI THE MACHINE AND THE MAIDEN: A KNIGHT OF TO-DAY
    • CHAPTER VII THE LURE OF THE MATERIAL: BEAUTY SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
    • CHAPTER VIII INTIMATIONS BY WINTER: AN AMBASSADOR SUMMONED
    • CHAPTER IX CONVENTION'S OWN TINDER-BOX: THE EYE THAT IS GREEN
    • CHAPTER X THE COUNSEL OF WINTER: FORTUNE'S AMBASSADOR CALLS
    • CHAPTER XI THE PERSUASION OF FASHION: FEELING GUARDS O'ER ITS OWN
    • CHAPTER XII OF THE LAMPS OF THE MANSIONS: THE AMBASSADOR'S PLEA
    • CHAPTER XIII HIS CREDENTIALS ACCEPTED: A BABEL OF TONGUES
    • CHAPTER XIV WITH EYES AND NOT SEEING: ONE INFLUENCE WANES
    • CHAPTER XV THE IRK OF THE OLD TIES: THE MAGIC OF YOUTH
    • CHAPTER XVI A WITLESS ALADDIN: THE GATE TO THE WORLD
    • CHAPTER XVII A GLIMPSE THROUGH THE GATEWAY: HOPE LIGHTENS THE EYE
    • CHAPTER XVIII JUST OVER THE BORDER: A HAIL AND FAREWELL
    • CHAPTER XIX AN HOUR IN ELFLAND: A CLAMOUR HALF HEARD
    • CHAPTER XX THE LURE OF THE SPIRIT: THE FLESH IN PURSUIT
    • CHAPTER XXI THE LURE OF THE SPIRIT: THE FLESH IN PURSUIT
    • CHAPTER XXII THE BLAZE OF THE TINDER: FLESH WARS WITH THE FLESH
    • CHAPTER XXIII A SPIRIT IN TRAVAIL: ONE RUNG PUT BEHIND
    • CHAPTER XXIV ASHES OF TINDER: A FACE AT THE WINDOW
    • CHAPTER XXV ASHES OF TINDER: THE LOOSING OF STAYS
    • CHAPTER XXVI THE AMBASSADOR FALLEN: A SEARCH FOR THE GATE
    • CHAPTER XXVII WHEN WATERS ENGULF US WE REACH FOR A STAR
    • CHAPTER XXVIII A PILGRIM, AN OUTLAW: THE SPIRIT DETAINED
    • CHAPTER XXIX THE SOLACE OF TRAVEL: THE BOATS OF THE SEA
    • CHAPTER XXX THE KINGDOM OF GREATNESS: THE PILGRIM ADREAM
    • CHAPTER XXXI A PET OF GOOD FORTUNE: BROADWAY FLAUNTS ITS JOYS
    • CHAPTER XXXII THE FEAST OF BELSHAZZAR: A SEER TO TRANSLATE
    • CHAPTER XXXIII WITHOUT THE WALLED CITY: THE SLOPE OF THE YEARS
    • CHAPTER XXXIV THE GRIND OF THE MILLSTONES: A SAMPLE OF CHAFF
    • CHAPTER XXXV THE PASSING OF EFFORT: THE VISAGE OF CARE
    • CHAPTER XXXVI A GRIM RETROGRESSION: THE PHANTOM OF CHANCE
    • CHAPTER XXXVII THE SPIRIT AWAKENS: NEW SEARCH FOR THE GATE
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII IN ELF LAND DISPORTING: THE GRIM WORLD WITHOUT
    • CHAPTER XXXIX OF LIGHTS AND OF SHADOWS: THE PARTING OF WORLDS
    • CHAPTER XL A PUBLIC DISSENSION: A FINAL APPEAL
    • CHAPTER XLI THE STRIKE
    • CHAPTER XLII A TOUCH OF SPRING: THE EMPTY SHELL
    • CHAPTER XLIII THE WORLD TURNS FLATTERER: AN EYE IN THE DARK
    • CHAPTER XLIV AND THIS IS NOT ELF LAND: WHAT GOLD WILL NOT BUY
    • CHAPTER XLV CURIOUS SHIFTS OF THE POOR
    • CHAPTER XLVI STIRRING TROUBLED WATERS
    • CHAPTER XLVII THE WAY OF THE BEATEN: A HARP IN THE WIND
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