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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

Frank Norris

Photograph of Frank Norris
Born in Chicago in 1870, Benjamin Frank Norris died far too young in 1902, following an appendix operation. Journalist, publisher's reader, and novelist, Norris produced three novels in his lifetime--McTeague: A Story San Francisco (1899), A Man's Woman (1900), and The Octopus (1901)--and one posthumously--The Pitt (1903).

Frank Norris
Autograph letter signed to Theodore Dreiser
28 May 1900
This two-page letter offers a summary of Norris' positive assessment of Sister Carrie and indicates that he has passed the work up to Henry Lanier, senior editor at Doubleday, Page & Co.

Signed contact between Theodore Dreiser and Doubleday, Page & Co., witnessed by Frank Norris
20 August 1900
The contract had been filled out by Doubleday as an agreement to publish a novel entitled "The Flesh and the Spirit." Next to that Dreiser wrote: "or Sister Carrie."
Sister Carrie in Search of an Author
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