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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

Paul Dresser
Autograph letter signed to Theodore Dreiser
29 June 1903
Beginning with "Dear Tedarino" and closing with "I am as ever the same old brother," this letter conveys the loyalty, camaraderie, and high spirits of Dreiser's eldest brother. Paul cautions Ted not to worry, claiming in his postscript that "The pen is mightier than the sword.' bigosh." This was at a particularly low time for Dreiser, who was suffering a nervous breakdown as a result of the suppression of Sister Carrie. Per usual, Paul shared his financial resources with his family, while also respecting Ted's pride by stating that he owed Dreiser royalties for "On the Banks of the Wabash."


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