By Keith Newlin
For a century, Theodore Dreiser has represented for plenty of readers a rebellious modernism whose novels either critiqued the yankee dream and embodied a bleakly deterministic notion of existence. This reference is an authoritative consultant to his lifestyles and works. incorporated are a number of hundred entries on each one of Dreiser's books and brief tales, in addition to journal and newspaper items he gathered in the course of his existence.
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2 (1987): 66-84. 11 Dowell, Richard W. Introduction to An Amateur Laborer. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983. xi-xlix. Richard W. Dowell AMERICA IS WORTH SAVING. Dreiser's final book-length work of nonfiction, published in January 1941 by Modern Age Books, documents Dreiser's procommunist, anti-British political leanings toward the end of his life. In June 1940, Dreiser's agent, William Lengel, inquired whether Dreiser would be interested in writing a short book, between 70,000 and 100,000 words, arguing that America should not enter the war.
The principal stimulus to the novel was Dreiser's observation of a pattern in a number of news stories between the 1890s and the early 1920s: a series of poor, ambition-driven young men had murdered lower-class girls they had made pregnant, seeking to free themselves for potential marriage to rich girls as means of fulfilling dreams of materialistic success. Dreiser describes the evolution of his compelling interest in these real-life stories and offers searching analysis of their significance in "I Find the Real American Tragedy," an essay he wrote a decade after his novel's publication as a result of a newspaper's request for his reports on a real-life trial resembling that toward which the quest of Clyde fatefully leads.
L. Mencken, Abraham Cahan, Ludwig Lewisohn, Hutchins Hapgood, Douglas C. Doty, Arthur Hopkins, Richard Ordynski, and Samuel L. Rothapfel, and he chronicles his encounters with his various female friends, married and unmarried or divorced, on which he depended or who depended on him. The diary describes the often troubled relationship with his constant partner of this period, Estelle Kubitz, as well as the continuing friendships and irregular meetings with other women, foremost among them Lillian Rosenthal, Rella Abell Armstrong, Petronelle Sombart, and Louise Campbell.
A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia by Keith Newlin