Perspectives on the Men in the Street: Texts of William Dean Howells's
"The Midnight Platoon," Stephen Crane's "An Experiment in Misery," and
Theodore Dreiser's "Curious Shifts of the Poor" from Sister Carrie.
of Chapter 1 of Sister Carrie by Ashley Miller, English
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Carrie Website at the University of Pennsylvania contains the
text of the novel, facsimiles of the typescript, and essays on the work
by distinguished Dreiser scholars. The general page for the
DreiserWebSource at this site includes photographs and a short movie
(in color) of Dreiser at Iroki. It also includes essays
on and lists of books in Dreiser's library.
of research collections from Dreiser Studies
papers at the Indiana Historical Society
papers at the University of Pennsylvania
to the Theodore Dreiser Collectionat the University of Virginia
Dreiser Collection at Cornell
D. Mooney papers at Georgetown
Cities" project contains multimedia essays on Chicago and New York
from 1870-1930; it uses Sister Carrie in several essay segments.
Dreiser segment of C-SPAN's American writers series aired on 20 and
24 August 2001.
Dreiser Online contains recent bibliographies (since 1990), genealogies, a chronology of works, a brief biographical sketch, and a Dreiser chronology.
On An American Tragedy
The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York includes information on the real-life Chester Gillette (Clyde Griffith in the book) murder case that inspired An American Tragedy, including a webcast lecture on the case and trial transcripts. The first 450 pages or so of the transcript focus on selecting jurors, etc.; the statement of the case concerning Grace "Billy" Brown (the Roberta Alden figure) begins in Vol. 1, p. 481. These can be compared with Dreiser's treatment of the case in An American Tragedy.
- Chester's letters to Billy, Vol. 1, p. 567
- Billy's letters to Chester, Vol 1., p. 570
- Witness hearing a cry at the time of Grace Brown's murder, Vol. 2, p. 89
- Testimony about Chester's recollections of the crime, Vol. 2, pp. 150 and following
- Chester Gillette's testimony, Vol. 3; his account of what happened, p. 24; p. 35, claims that he did not strike Grace Brown
- Mr. Mills's (defense lawyer) claim that Grace Brown committed suicide, Vol. 3, p. 510
The site also includes page images of Dreiser's suit against Paramount concerning the 1931 film adaptation of the novel.
from Paul Reuben's Perspectives on American Literature site
sketch at the University of Pennsylvania
Theodore Dreiser Society (image courtesy of this site)
Murder in the Adirondacks. This site by Craig Brandon, author of Murder in the Adirondacks, provides a detailed summary of the Chester Gillette case that inspired An American Tragedy.
on teaching "Typhoon" by Dreiser editors and scholars James M. Hutchisson
and James L. W. West III. (Georgetown-Heath anthology site).
Randall Bourne, The Art of Theodore Dreiser (1917)
Student study guide on An American Tragedy.
of The Financier
|Works Available Online
Carrie (1900) (Online books page at U Penn)
Carrie (1900) (HTML from the Crossroads site at the University
Financier (1912; text from Project Gutenberg)
(1911; text from Project Gutenberg Australia)
Titan (1914; Project Gutenberg)
Twelve Men (1919; biographical sketches and stories, Project Gutenberg)
the Song" from The Color of a Great City (New York: Boni &
Mighty Burke" (1911) at the U of Virginia
Hauchawout" (1923) at the U of Virginia
14 ("The Church and Wealth in America) from Tragic America
An American Tragedy (1925; text
in Australia; NO US ACCESS)
If you've ever wondered just how bad Dora Thorne is (according
to Ames in Sister Carrie), it's available at