"SISTER CARRIE was finished in May, 1900. It has become one of the most historic books in modern American literature, and its widespread acceptance as an American classic marks a major victory that has been won for American letters against the Philistines. With this first novel, Theodore Dreiser demonstrated that he was head and shoulders above his contemporaries. No other writer in America during the present century has exerted as great a moral force on his successors. No other novelist has done more than he to free American letters....In essence, a book stands the test of time when we can translate its meaning into our experiences in our own time and see that it remains significant and alive. And that, I insist, can be done with 'Sister Carrie'. It is one of the major novels in 20th-century American literature.Dreiser, Theodore is the author of 'Sister Carrie', published 1994 under ISBN 9780140188288 and ISBN 0140188282.