Damaged Goods

Author: Eugene Brieux


My endeavor has been to tell a simple story, preserving as closely as possible the spirit and feeling of the original. I have tried, as it were, to take the play to pieces, and build a novel out of the same material. I have not felt at liberty to embellish M. Brieux’s ideas, and I have used his dialogue word for word wherever possible. Unless I have mis-read the author, his sole purpose in writing LES AVARIES was to place a number of most important facts before the minds of the public, and to drive them home by means of intense emotion. If I have been able to assist him, this bit of literary carpentering will be worth while. I have to thank M. Brieux for his kind permission to make the attempt, and for the cordial spirit which he has manifested.

Upton Sinclair


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Chicago: Eugene Brieux, "Preface," Damaged Goods, trans. Worster, William John Alexander, 1882-1929 and Archer, Charles, 1861-1941 in Damaged Goods Original Sources, accessed June 24, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=S96FN6AL7KX3UJR.

MLA: Brieux, Eugene. "Preface." Damaged Goods, translted by Worster, William John Alexander, 1882-1929 and Archer, Charles, 1861-1941, in Damaged Goods, Original Sources. 24 Jun. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=S96FN6AL7KX3UJR.

Harvard: Brieux, E, 'Preface' in Damaged Goods, trans. . cited in , Damaged Goods. Original Sources, retrieved 24 June 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=S96FN6AL7KX3UJR.