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Sister Carrie

Sister Carrie

Author: Theodore Dreiser

Year Published: 1900

Description: Sister Carrie, a novel by Theodore Dreiser, chronicles the experiences of Carrie Meeber, a young woman who leaves her home in rural Wisconsin in search of a better life in Chicago. Once there, she achieves fame and fortune as an actress, along the way violating the conventional social norms for women of the time. Against this backdrop, the book sheds light on not only changing mores of turn-of-the-century America, but also the mass migration of rural Americans to big cities in search of new lives and livelihoods.

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'When a man, however passively, becomes an obstacle to the fulfillment of a woman's desires, he becomes an odious thing in her eyes, - or will, given time enough.'

Sister Carrie

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