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Roger W. Smith, review of “Dreiser’s ‘Other Self’: The Life of Arthur Henry”

      roger-w-smith-review-of-dreisers-other-self-the-life-of-arthur-henry       Roger W. Smith review of Dreiser’s ‘Other Self’: The Life of Arthur Henry by Maggie Walker and Mark Walker Dreiser Studies 36.2 (2005)     Attached as PDF file (above).

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Roger W. Smith, review of “The Vast and Terrible Drama: American Literary Naturalism in the Late Nineteenth Century”

    roger-w-smith-review-of-link-the-vast-and-terrible-drama-dreiser-studies-2004     Roger W. Smith review of The Vast and Terrible Drama: American Literary Naturalism in the Late Nineteenth Century by Eric Carl Link Dreiser Studies 35.2 (2004): 63-65   See attached PDF file (above).

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Roger W. Smith, review of “A Family of His Own: A Life of Edwin O’Connor”

    A Family of His Own: A Life of Edwin O’Connor by Charles F. Duffy Catholic University of America Press 376 pages, $49.95 By ROGER W. SMITH   New York Sun January 8, 2004     Surprisingly for a … Continue reading

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Fiction will tell you better what the past was really like.

    I was a history major in college. The past has always fascinated me. Especially the Middle Ages. I had an exciting history teacher in high school, Paul Tedesco, who stimulated an interest on my part in American history. … Continue reading

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damning with faint praise

    Consider … the most popular novelist in the English language–Charles Dickens. His characters are types, not people. With some honorable exceptions like Great Expectations and David Copperfield; his plots are unwieldy and ultimately uninvolving. He exposed alarming social … Continue reading

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a lover of humanity awash on a sea of words

  Charles Dickens, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, Chapter II Mr. Pickwick and his companions visit the towns Stroud, Rochester, Chatham, and Brompton: “The principal productions of these towns,” says Mr. Pickwick, “appear to be soldiers, sailors, Jews, … Continue reading

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the wrong word?

    “Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner.”   — Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas       I … Continue reading

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