Introduction

  • Warren French
Part of the Great Writers Student Library book series (GWL)

Abstract

“In your rocking-chair, by your window, shall you dream such happiness as you may never feel.” Thus ends Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, the first outstanding American novel of the twentieth century, published in 1900, though largely ignored for the next ten years. Dreiser’s description of Carrie’s fate is uncannily prophetic of what awaits the protagonists of the major American literary works for the next eight decades that we can now recognize as the Age of Modernism. Dreiser brought to a reluctant United States a Modernist sensibility characterized by a feeling of isolation and alienation from an urbanized, mechanized society.

Keywords

Dust Milling Cane Ghost Conglomerate 

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  • Warren French

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