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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

Helen Richardson
Screen adaptation for Sister Carrie
typescript carbon, n.d.

Perhaps Helen's Hollywood experience as an actor contributed to her ability to draft a screenplay for Sister Carrie. Not only does the typescript present the dialogue and setting, it carefully articulates the camera shots that provide visual background or introduction to the story. Unlike many of the adaptations for the stage in which the first scene takes places in Hurstwood's saloon, Helen's screenplay begins with Carrie and Drouet en route by train to Chicago.

The Hollywoodization of Carrie
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