Sister Carrie is about a young country girl who moves to the big city, where she begins to realize her own American Dream by embarking on a life of sin rather than hard work and perseverance. At the time of its first publication, the novel caused a minor scandal, and Dreiser had difficulty finding a publisher for it. This was due to its blurred division between good and bad and the fact that, at the end, Carrie is rewarded rather than punished for her immoral life. (Although Dreiser's moralizing narrator does assert that, despite the fame and the money she has amassed, Carrie will not be able to achieve peace of mind.)More
When it was first published in 1900, Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie shocked readers with its unflinching, non-judgmental portrayals of female sexuality.
The title character, Caroline Meeber, leaves rural Wisconsin for the bright lights of Chicago. After finding factory work and life in her sister’s dingy apartment to be unsatisfactory, she takes up with a wealthy man and adopts a posh lifestyle. Carrie has another affair and relocates to New York, where she eventually pursues an acting career.
Rebecca Burns offers an understated, evenly paced performance of this unsentimental indictment of American capitalism at the dawn of the 20th century.
"Sister Carrie was the first masterpiece of the American naturalistic movement in its grittily factual presentation of the vagaries of urban life and in its ingenuous heroine, who goes unpunished for her transgressions against conventional sexual morality. The book's strengths include a brooding but compassionate view of humanity, a memorable cast of characters, and a compelling narrative line." (Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature)
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