By Theodore Dreiser
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Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser ranked # 33 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
Sister Carrie (1900) is a novel by Theodore Dreiser about a young
country girl who moves to the big city where she starts realizing her
own American Dream by embarking on a life of sin rather than by hard
work and perseverance.
At the time of its first publication, the novel 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
and the fact that, at the end, Carrie is rewarded rather than
punished for her immoral life.
Although Dreiser's moralising 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.
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