Tag Archives: Theodore Dreiser

“I went to the school of New York.”

      “A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.” — Herman Melville, Moby-Dick     *****************************************************   I was talking on the phone today with my longtime friend from my first days in New York, Bill … Continue reading

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unable to love

      “What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov       *****************************************************     Could Theodore Dreiser ever truly love anyone? The answer is … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “On Rereading Theodore Dreiser’s ‘An American Tragedy’ “

    This post is also available as a downloadable Word document (below).     I don’t have a Ph.D. and lack the academic qualifications of many literary scholars, yet I have a broad and deep knowledge of literature from … Continue reading

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inventory of Dreiserana (books, etc. by and about Theodore Dreiser) in Roger W. Smith’s personal library

    The attached Word document (below) contains an inventory of Dreiserana — books and materials by, about, and related to the author Theodore Dreiser — in my personal library. Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945) was an American novelist whose best known … Continue reading

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On Reading Theodore Dreiser’s “An American Tragedy”

    I don’t have a Ph.D. and lack the academic qualifications of many literary scholars, yet I have a broad and deep knowledge of literature from a lifetime of reading and I feel I have excellent taste. I also … Continue reading

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Henry Miller

    (Note: a downloadable Word document of this essay is attached below.)       In my late high school years, I read Henry Miller’s Tropic of Capricorn in a recently published Grove Press paperback with a bright red … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “Theodore Dreiser”

  Theodore Dreiser (b. 27 August 1871 in Terre Haute, Indiana; d. 28 Dec 1945 in Los Angeles) was the eighth in a family of nine children. His father, Johann Paul Dreiser, was an immigrant from Prussia who operated a … Continue reading

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