Chapter 25. Theodore Dreiser

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Clare Virginia Eby Professor

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch25

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Eby, C. V. (2009) Theodore Dreiser, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch25

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • two episodes in Sister Carrie (1900) - typical of Dreiser's characters;
  • Sister Carrie - grumbling about difficulty of putting feelings into words;
  • Dreiser's novels - what happens when family cannot or will not nurture them;
  • Dreiser's own family experiences - nurturing strong and contradictory emotions;
  • Twelve Men (1919);
  • Jennie Gerhardt (1911) and The Financier (1912) - emotion, and not marriage certificates;
  • Dreiser's ideas about emotional appeal of art;
  • An American Tragedy - reader experiencing his, her own conflicting emotions about a protagonist;
  • Dreiser, in An American Tragedy - pressing for acknowledgment of human family;
  • The Financier - youthful Aileen mothers her older lover

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading