May 15, 2009
May 15, 2009
`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.
This novel about the effects of America's repressive moral climate was controversial in its day, and its availability to the public was delayed 12 years because of the "immorality" in Dreiser's sordid, realistic portrayal of the downfall of an innocent young woman who leaves her country town for the big city.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Society + Social Issues, Money + Finance, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Classics, Human Qualities + Behavior, Arts + Entertainment, Love + Relationships + Sex, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Conflicts + Dualities, Types of Characters, Psychology, Family + Friendship, Literary, Romance
- Edition: Reissue
- Language: English
- Author: Theodore Dreiser
- Online Item #: 11484744
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-8835
- ISBN: 9780199539086
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported