"...the city's hypnotic influence"

This image is of course from the M.G.M. version of The Wizard of Oz, which premiered in 1939. But L. Frank Baum's book The Wizard of Oz was published in 1900, the same year as Sister Carrie -- and Baum himself followed the yellow brick road to Chicago in 1889, the same year Caroline Meeber arrived in the city, and the same year Dreiser moved there as well.

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