A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia by Keith Newlin

By Keith Newlin

For a century, Theodore Dreiser has represented for plenty of readers a rebellious modernism whose novels either critiqued the yankee dream and embodied a bleakly deterministic belief of lifestyles. This reference is an authoritative consultant to his existence and works. integrated are numerous hundred entries on each one of Dreiser's books and brief tales, in addition to journal and newspaper items he amassed in the course of his lifestyles.

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See also Adaptations, Film; Adaptations, Stage. Further Reading Bloom, Harold, ed. Modern Critical Interpretations: Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy. New York: Chelsea, 1988.

New York: Stokes, 1934. Carol S. Loranger AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY, published in December 1925, is widely regarded as Dreiser's masterpiece, the culmination of his artistic achievement in fiction. Dreiser labored on this vast novel in various ways for many years. Between 1914 and 1920, he began work on several manuscripts that 18 An American Tragedy would eventually evolve into the Tragedy, and then, by the early 1920s, he spent several years developing and finally finishing the story of Clyde Griffiths he had decided to tell.

Doty, Arthur Hopkins, Richard Ordynski, and Samuel L. Rothapfel, and he chronicles his encounters with his various female friends, married and unmarried or divorced, on which he depended or who depended on him. The diary describes the often troubled relationship with his constant partner of this period, Estelle Kubitz, as well as the continuing friendships and irregular meetings with other women, foremost among them Lillian Rosenthal, Rella Abell Armstrong, Petronelle Sombart, and Louise Campbell.

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