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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
Typed letter to A. Dorian Otvos
7 February 1939

Although his long-time friend and supporter William Lengel had been working as his agent, Dreiser decided to engage another representative, A. Dorian Otvos, to negotiate contracts with motion picture studios in the United States and Great Britain. This contract was ultimately changed by Dreiser to read fifteen percent instead of ten percent: it yielded the RKO deal concerning the film rights to Sister Carrie.
The Hollywoodization of Carrie
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