Sister Carrie

Theodore DREISER (1871 - 1945)

Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945) was an American author of the naturalist school, known for dealing with the gritty reality of life. Sister Carrie (1900) is his first novel and tells the story of a young country girl who moves to the big city (Chicago) where she starts realizing her own American Dream by first becoming a mistress to powerful men and later as a famous actress.

Dreiser and his wife significantly altered the original manuscript to make it more palatable to the prevailing sensibilities of the day, but even this toned down version caused a minor scandal, and Dreiser had difficulty finding a publisher for it. This was due to the blurred division line between good and bad in the plot. Although Dreiser's moralizing narrator does assert that, despite the fame and the money she has amassed, Carrie will not be able to achieve peace of mind in her life, the apparent lack of poetic justice -- the notion that immorality should pay in the end, even if only up to a point -- was a concept the reading public were altogether unused to at the time. (summary from wikipedia)

Genre(s): Literary Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Magnet Attracting: A Waif Amid Forces J. M. Smallheer
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Play 02 What Poverty Threatened: Of Granite and Brass zinniz
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Play 03 We Question of Fortune: Four-fifty a Week zinniz
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Play 04 The Spendings of Fancy: Facts Answer with Sneers Sheila Morton
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Play 05 A Glittering Night Flower: The Use of a Name Sheila Morton
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Play 06 The Machine and the Maiden: A Knight of Today Sheila Morton
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Play 07 The Lure of the Material: Beauty Speaks for Itself spiderman0521
00:24:14
Play 08 Intimations By Winter: An Ambassador Summoned spiderman0521
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Play 09 Convention's Own Tinder-Box: The Eye That Is Green spiderman0521
00:14:58
Play 10 The Counsel Of Winter: Fortune's Ambassador Calls zinniz
00:17:04
Play 11 The Persuasion Of Fashion: Feeling Guards O'er Its Own zinniz
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Play 12 Of The Lamps Of The Mansions: The Ambassador's Plea J. M. Smallheer
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Play 13 His Credentials Accepted: A Babel Of Tongues J. M. Smallheer
00:17:56
Play 14 With Eyes And Not Seeing: One Influence Wanes J. M. Smallheer
00:13:04
Play 15 The Irk Of The Old Ties: The Magic Of Youth Andrea
00:35:16
Play 16 A Witless Aladdin: The Gate To The World Bob Sage
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Play 17 A Glimpse Through The Gateway: Hope Lightens The Eye Bob Sage
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Play 18 Just Over The Border: A Hail And Farewell Bob Sage
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Play 19 An Hour In Elfland: A Clamour Half Heard Bob Sage
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Play 20 The Lure Of The Spirit: The Flesh In Pursuit Bob Sage
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Play 21 The Lure Of The Spirit: The Flesh In Pursuit Bob Sage
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Play 22 The Blaze Of The Tinder: Flesh Wars With The Flesh Bob Sage
00:24:50
Play 23 A Spirit In Travail: One Rung Put Behind Bob Sage
00:23:13
Play 24 Ashes Of Tinder: A Face At The Window zinniz
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Play 25 Ashes Of Tinder: The Loosing Of Stays zinniz
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Play 26 The Ambassador Fallen: A Search For The Gate zinniz
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Play 27 When Waters Engulf Us We Reach For A Star zinniz
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Play 28 A Pilgrim, An Outlaw: The Spirit Detained Bob Sage
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Play 29 The Solace Of Travel: The Boats Of The Sea Bob Sage
00:28:42
Play 30 The Kingdom Of Greatness: The Pilgrim Adream Bob Sage
00:19:02
Play 31 A Pet Of Good Fortune: Broadway Flaunts Its Joys Roger Melin
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Play 32 The Feast Of Belshazzar: A Seer To Translate Roger Melin
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Play 33 Without The Walled City: The Slope Of The Years Roger Melin
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Play 34 The Grind Of The Millstones: A Sample Of Chaff Roger Melin
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Play 35 The Passing Of Effort: The Visage Of Care Roger Melin
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Play 36 A Grim Retrogression: The Phantom Of Chance Roger Melin
00:24:00
Play 37 The Spirit Awakens: New Search For The Gate Andrea
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Play 38 In Elf Land Disporting: The Grim World Without Andrea
00:25:43
Play 39 Of Lights And Of Shadows: The Parting Of Worlds Andrea
00:28:36
Play 40 A Public Dissension: A Final Appeal Andrea
00:22:02
Play 41 The Strike Andrea
00:41:41
Play 42 A Touch Of Spring: The Empty Shell Andrea
00:26:45
Play 43 The World Turns Flatterer: An Eye In The Dark Andrea
00:23:38
Play 44 And This Is Not Elf Land: What Gold Will Not Buy Andrea
00:26:59
Play 45 Curious Shifts Of The Poor Andrea
00:43:50
Play 46 Stirring Troubled Waters Andrea
00:27:38
Play 47 The Way Of The Beaten: A Harp In The Wind Andrea
00:48:35