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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
Autograph letter initialed to William C. Lengel
7 February 1939

On pages two and four of this four-page letter, Dreiser discusses the movie-version of Sister Carrie, noting, for example, that RKO has "slated Ginger Rogers for Carrie." For Hurstwood, "Barrymore" had been spoken of "but he is out," and Edward Arnold is now being considered. In his postscript Dreiser claims that Columbia Pictures contacted him to buy the motion picture rights to Sister Carrie and would even exceed any other offer by $5,000.

The Hollywoodization of Carrie
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