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Sister Carrie
"A Strangely Strong Novel
in a Queer Milieu"
Curated by Nancy M. Shawcross
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Pennsylvania

A Slight Case of Plagiarism
Dreiser was not above plagiarizing a good description when he saw one. He pilfered George Ade's characterization of a "masher" from the latter's "The Fable of the Two Violin Players and the Willing Performer" (which Dreiser probably read in the 7 October 1899 issue of the Chicago Record). The manuscript for Chapter I, in which this description is used to depict George Drouet, is literally spliced by Dreiser to add the Ade-supplied detail. In the 1901 Heinemann edition the section was rewritten to eliminate any appearance of plagiarism, but the 1981 Pennsylvania Edition returned to the original splice found in the manuscript and transcribed in the typescript.

George Ade's "The Fable of the Two Violin Players and the Willing Performer" from Fables in Slang: Pages 185-186



Manuscript of Sister Carrie: Chapter I, Page 10




Typescript of Sister Carrie: Chapter I, Pages 4-5



1900 Doubleday, Page & Co. edition of Sister Carrie: Chapter I, Pages 4-5



1901 Walter Heinemann edition of Sister Carrie: Chapter I, Page 3



1981 Pennsylvania Edition of Sister Carrie: Chapter I, Page 6

Too Many Cooks?
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