THE text used for this printing of McTeague: A Story of San Francisco is the first edition, first impression, of that published by Doubleday & McClure in February 1899. Shortly after its second printing, several reviewers complained about the pants-wetting scene of Owgooste Sieppe at the Orpheum Theatre (pp. 82-5), and a third printing was hastily issued, emending these pages to depict McTeague losing his hat at the conclusion of the performance. This third impression served as the text for most printings through 1941. For a complete description of the original and subsequent texts, see Joseph R. McElrath Jr. ed.), Frank Norris: A Descriptive Bibliography ( Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992).