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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

Harper & Brothers


Photograph of Henry Mills Alden
The influential editor at Harper & Brothers, to whom Dreiser submitted the first version of Sister Carrie, thought favorably of the novel but knew that its subject matter was too frank for the firm.



Harper & Brothers
Typed carbon
2 May 1900
A copy of the report from Harper's reader concerning the first submitted draft of Sister Carrie: "His [Dreiser's] touch is neither firm enough nor sufficiently delicate to depict without offense to the reader the continued illicit relations of the heroine."
Sister Carrie in Search of an Author
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