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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

The First Page of Sister Carrie
from Manuscript to the Pennsylvania Edition
As both the manuscript and typescript clearly indicate, the chapter titles that were used in both the 1900 and 1901 editions of Sister Carrie were added later. Apparently they were inserted by Dreiser and by Arthur Henry (both hands appear in the typescript) sometime after the contract with Doubleday, Page & Co. had been signed and after Dreiser had received Frank Doubleday's demand for changes in the typescript. The 1901 Heinemann edition eliminated--in its entirety--the second paragraph as found in the manuscript, the typescript, and the 1900 Doubleday edition.

Manuscript of Sister Carrie: Chapter I, Page 1



Typescript of Sister Carrie: Chapter I, Page 1



1900 Doubleday, Page & Co. edition of Sister Carrie: Chapter I, Page 1



1901 Walter Heinemann edition of Sister Carrie: Chapter I, Page 1



1981 Pennsylvania Edition of Sister Carrie: Chapter I, Page 3

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