An introduction to the life of theodore dreiser

In NovemberDreiser led the National Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners NCDPP to the coalfields of southeastern Kentucky, where they took testimony from coal miners in Pineville and Harlan on the pattern of violence against the miners and their unions by the coal operators known as the Harlan County War.

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Biography of Theodore Dreiser

How to Subscribe Oxford Bibliographies Online is available by subscription and perpetual access to institutions. Sister Carrie tells the story of a rudderless but pretty small-town girl who comes to the big city filled with vague ambitions.

Books by Theodore Dreiser

That night, she writes a good-bye note to Minnie and moves in with Drouet. Mencken, Dreiser returned to his writing desk and completed Jennie Gerhardt.

Biography of Theodore Dreiser

The Financier and The Titan are important examples of the business novel and represent probably the most meticulously researched and documented studies of high finance in first-rate fiction.

As he hurled his impressionable midwestern heroine into the throbbing, amoral world of the big city, he revealed, with brilliant insight, the deep and driving forces of American culture: In the pages of what is now considered the first great urban novel in America, Dreiser mixed philosophical speculations about the nature of existence together with scenes that presented much of the gritty details of city life.

His World and His Novels. She acquires a sophisticated wardrobe and, through his offhand comments about attractive women, sheds her provincial mannerisms, even as she struggles with the moral implications of being a kept woman. Other works include Trilogy of Desire, which was based on the life of Charles Tyson Yerkeswho became a Chicago streetcar tycoon.

It sold poorly and was considered controversial because of moral objections to his featuring a country girl who pursues her dreams of fame and fortune through relationships with men.

Through these readings and his own experience, Dreiser came to believe that human beings are helpless in the grip of instincts and social forces beyond their control, and he judged human society as an unequal contest between the strong and the weak.

Menckenspoke of Dreiser's relationship with communism as an "unimportant detail in his life," [19]: With her encouragement and that of his friend Arthur Henry, a novelist and former editor of the Toledo BladeDreiser began writing his historic first novel, Sister Carrie.

Dreiser is a middle-westerner, large of frame, rather shy, brusque in manner and in his person singularly free from the common small vanities of the artist class.

Banned on publication for its questionable morals, Sister Carrie is the great American novel of seduction, a masterpiece of insight into appetite and innocence. Dreiser began writing his first novelSister Carriein at the suggestion of a newspaper colleague.

Reduced to standing in line for bread and charity, he commits suicide in a flophouse. Shortly after, he separated from his wife, moved into the artistic community developing in Greenwich Village, and began the life-long practice of what he called "varietism," a term he used to describe his habit of being sexually involved with more than one woman at the same time.

He began a career as a newspaper reporter in Chicago in and worked his way to the East Coast. Pizer includes significant reference to archival materials.

Then began a severe writer's block that virtually halted his career as a novelist until Yet Dreiser's prose on the whole renders the illusion of the ordinary world with extraordinary fidelity.

Significantly, claims have been advanced that Theodore Dreiser is one of the world's best worst writers, and that he is an impurist with nothing but genius. Theodore Dreiser (August 27, December 28, ) was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, and baptized as Herman Theodore Dreiser.

He was the ninth of ten surviving children (three others died as infants) of Säräh Schanab and Johann Dreiser. Aug 26,  · Theodore Dreiser was praised as “the greatest living realist” of the early twentieth century.

Dreiser’s novels often reflect the tension between parents who immigrate to the New World and. This Library of America volume contains the novel that is the culmination of Theodore Dreiser’s elementally powerful fictional art.

A tremendous bestseller when it was first published inAn American Tragedy takes as point of departure a notorious murder case of —one among many that Dreiser studied in preparation. Sister Carrie () is a novel by Theodore Dreiser about a young country girl who moves to the big city where she starts realizing her own American Dream, first as a mistress to men that she perceives as superior, and later becoming a famous actress.

It has been called the "greatest of all American urban novels". If there is a modern movement in American prose writing, a movement toward greater courage and fidelity to life in writing, then Theodore Dreiser is the pioneer and the hero of the movement.

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