This is a Fictional Friday post, where I review a book (but it might not always be fiction)
The early 20th Century had a massive impact on American fiction.
Questions of identity, after America started to gain their own identity as a country, plague early twentieth century writing. Questions of morality, a midst an economical boom and consequent collapse, changing gender rolls and, later, when the prohibition made illegal substances cool and acceptable, created themes for many American authors. After gaining independence, authors begin to write in what is now considered an “American” style, rather than mimicking their forebears as 19th century authors did.
Publishing Sister Carrie at the start of this era, on the turn of the century, Dreiser was very much involved in this movement towards an independent American literature, and also very interesting in ideas of morality.