Tag Archives: Theodore Dreiser

caveat emptor

    I have learned to abhor so called print on demand booksellers. They are sort of like cockroaches. If you are looking for a book online — from Amazon.com, or a bookstore/bookseller with a web page — and, say, … Continue reading

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a scholarly rip-off; the real identity of Theodore Dreiser’s chaplain

      Chapter XLV of Theodore Dreiser’s first novel, Sister Carrie, is entitled “Curious Shifts of the Poor.” In this famous chapter, which has echoes of Stephen Crane, George Hurstwood — out of work, physically ill and desperate — … Continue reading

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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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Theodore Dreiser under the microscope (of a nutty professor or two)

    For the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in San Francisco this coming May: “Papers are invited on theoretical approaches to [Theodore] Dreiser’s canon and life. Some suggested approaches include Poststructuralism, Feminist Gender Theory, Material Culture, Psychoanalysis, and Philosophy … Continue reading

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“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 NO. Theodore … Continue reading

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