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Author: Theodore Dreiser

Year Published: 1900

Type: Novel

Genre: Drama

Perspective and Narrator:

The events of Sister Carrie are described by a third-person omniscient narrator, who often intrudes into the storyline to add philosophical musings.


Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie is written in the past tense.

About the Title:

Carrie is the nickname of the story's main character, Caroline Meeber. Her family fondly called her "Sister Carrie" when she was young. The title introduces the main character through a relationship; she is a sister. Interestingly Carrie's struggle with relationships is one of the central conflicts of the novel.


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