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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Theodore Dreiser  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: August 27, 1871 in Terre Haute, Indiana


Illinois Connection

Dreiser began his career as a journalist for the Chicago Globe.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dreiser is considered to be the foremost novelist in the American naturalism movement. He wrote one of the great Chicago novels, Sister Carrie in 1900. It tells the story of a woman who flees her country life for the city of Chicago and falls into a wayward life. The book sold poorly, but it later acquired a considerable reputation and was made into a 1952 film by William Wyler, which starred Laurence Olivier and Jennifer Jones.His other Chicago fiction, The Financier and The Titan, are both based on the career of Charles T. Yerkes, who built the Chicago railway system. Dresier's autobiographical writings also are interesting for their treatment of turn-of-the-century Chicago, especially A Book About Myself in 1922.

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Titles At Your Library

Sister Carrie
ISBN: 0451531140

Signet. 2009

This epic of urban life tells of small- town heroine Carrie Meeber, adrift in an indifferent Chicago. Setting out, she has nothing but a few dollars and an unspoiled beauty. Hers is a story of struggle? from sweatshop to stage success?and of the love she inspires in an older, married man whose obsession with her threatens to destroy him.

Jennie Gerhardt (The University of Pennsylvania Dreiser Edition)
ISBN: 0812212843

University of Pennsylvania Press. 1992

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title

"She was horrified, stunned, like a bird in the grasp of a cat, but somehow through it all was something terrific, inviting, urging, was speaking to her. He released her from his grasp. 'We won't do any more of this here, but you belong to me'."

Jennie Gerhardt was Theodore Dreiser's second novel and his first commercial success. It is regarded as one of his three best novels, along with Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy. This edition presents the text as it was originally written, restoring the novel to its complete form.

ISBN: 0899667104

Buccaneer Books. 1991

This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program. The Library seeks to preserve the intellectual content of items in a manner that facilitates and promotes a variety of uses. The digital reformatting process results in an electronic version of the text that can both be accessed online and used to create new print copies. This book and thousands of others can be found in the digital collections of the University of Michigan Library. The University Library also understands and values the utility of print, and makes reprints available through its Scholarly Publishing Office.

The Titan
ISBN: 143531154X

IndyPublish. 2007

Frank Algernon Cowperwood emerged from the Eastern District Penitentiary? in Philadelphia he realized that the old life he had lived in that city since boyhood was ended. His youth was gone, and with it had been lost the great business prospects of his earlier manhood. He must begin again. It would be useless to repeat how a second panic following upon a tremendous failure that of Jay Cooke Co. had placed a second fortune in his hands. This restored wealth softened him in some degree. Fate seemed to have his personal welfare in charge. He was sick of the stockexchange, anyhow, as a means of livelihood, and now decided that he would leave it once and for all. He would get in something else street-railways, land deals, some of the boundless opportunities of the far West. Philadelphia was no longer pleasing to him. Though now free and rich, he was still a scandal to the pretenders, and the financial and social world was not prepared to accept him. He must go his way alone, unaided, or only secretly so, while his quondam friends watched his career from afar. So, thinking of this, he took the train one day, his charming mistress, now only twenty-six, coming to the station to see him off. He looked at her quite tenderly, for she was the quintessence of a certain type of feminine beauty. By-by, dearie, he smiled, as the train-bell signaled the approaching departure. You and I will get out of this shortly. Don tgrieve.
(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.

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Twelve Men (1919)
ISBN: 1104515547

Kessinger Publishing, LLC. 2009

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

An American Tragedy, Vol. 1
ISBN: 1427080321

ReadHowYouWant. 2008

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This is Volume Volume 1 of 3-Volume Set. To purchase the complete set, you will need to order the other volumes separately: to find them, search for the following ISBNs: 9781427080714, 9781427080721

Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy (1925) is a novel about the harsh realities of American life. Based on an actual murder case, the story concerns a young man, Clyde Griffiths, who is born into a religious family. His life changes when he takes work as a bellboy in a hotel in Kansas City and is exposed to the world of alcohol and prostitution. Griffiths's affair with a girl, Roberta, results in pregnancy, and she expects to marry him. But by now Clyde loves another woman.

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Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2011