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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 Dreiser
The "Genius"
New York: John Lane Company, 1915
This autobiographical novel reinforces some common romantic notions concerning the artist, such as freedom from social and moral conventionality, as well as the need for the companionship of women without the limitations of monogamy. Although the work sold well when first published, it was suppressed in 1916 by John S. Sumner's Society for the Suppression of Vice. This first edition is inscribed to William Lengel, who was the first to read the work in typescript.

Theodore Dreiser ** Ex Libris
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