New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1900.
New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1900. First edition. A Near Fine copy of the book. Subtle repairs to the inner hinges, very slight wear to the boards, otherwise a sharp copy. Housed in a quarter-leather red custom clamshell case.
"An eighteen year old girl without money or connections ventures forth from her small town in search of a better life, in Theodore Dreiser's revolutionary first novel. The chronicle of Carrie Meeber's rise from obscurity to fame—and the effects of her progress on the men who use her and are used in turn, aroused a storm of controversy and debate upon its debut in 1900. The author's nonjudgmental portrait of a heroine who violates the contemporary moral code outraged some critics, including the book's publisher, Frank Doubleday, who tried to back out of his agreement his firm had made with Dreiser. But others were elated—and Dreiser's compelling plot and realistic characters continue to fascinate readers" (Dover). Listed as one of The Guardian's 100 Best Novels, the book was banned for immortality in 1916. Near Fine (Item #5673)