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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
"When the Old Century Was New"
holograph, 1899

These are the first two pages of one of four short stories that Dreiser wrote while he and Jug spent the summer of 1899 with Arthur Henry and his wife at the latter's home in Maumee, Ohio. The story appeared in the January 1901 issue of Pearson's Magazine and takes place in 1801 in Manhattan. In this historical romance the reader follows a well-to-do young merchant during the course of a spring day, which ends in his successful marriage proposal to a young woman.

The Enablers: Sara Osborne White and Arthur Henry
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