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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

Theodore & Ed Dreiser


ca. 1874

The earliest known photograph of Theodore Dreiser depicts the two youngest children of John Paul and Sarah Dreiser in a studio portrait typical of the time. Inseparable as youngsters, they were dubbed "Frassus" and "Fitus" by eldest brother Paul. Ed and Theodore, though, were quite different in nature: the former athletic, the latter contemplative and an avid reader. Of Theodore and their childhood together, Ed has written: "We talked and talked for hours. It was amazing the way everything and everyone in the world interested him. He wasn't aggressive or anxious in the same way children are. . . . he was interested strongly in people, what they were doing and thinking."
Sister Emma
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