Dreiser


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United States novelist (1871-1945)

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Theodore Dreiser, "Birth and Growth of a Popular Song," Metropolitan Magazine 5 (November 1898): 499-501.
The first accolades linked it either with high experimental modernism in the context of Joyce, Eliot, and Frazer or with the American naturalism of Dreiser and Farrell, as a powerful expose of slum life.
Although Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and Edith Wharton are considered naturalists, Hamlin Garland typically a regionalist, and Willa Cather a modernist, Pizer's useful, if terse, study brings them together for their shared participation in antisemitic culture, despite their erstwhile commitments to progressive reform and enlightened values in other social areas.
According to Jerome Loving, Dreiser uses "Nigger Jeff" to "articulate--perhaps apologize for--the 'cruel instinct of the budding artist,' and state that it 'was not so much the business of the writer to indict as to interpret,'" and "the story as a whole does condemn by indirection, the way art should, but somehow Dreiser felt the need to apologize here for being an artist instead of a political activist" (138).
The squalor and the human tragedy I witnessed there are echoed in the works of Theodore Dreiser which I read in the hospital for a term paper assignment, seeing Frank Cowperwood's lobster and squid locked in deadly combat as symbolic of our struggle with life in this land of Brooklyn.
I had no idea how dreadfully written this book was, that Dreiser, prone to depression, women, and pessimism, was the ninth of ten children, raised by a brain-damaged religious fanatic.
Moreover, Howe may feel that raw literary naturalism of the Theodore Dreiser sort is the only idiom available to black writers, but the fact of the matter--as Ellison would brilliantly demonstrate in Invisible Man--is that one can be a first-rate literary artist even if one's skin happens to be black.
His American myrmidons might have won over Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Upton Sinclair, and Dorothy Parker (though even here he had his failures: the recalcitrance in 1932 of Theodore Dreiser, for instance).
Similarly, as Dreiser would show with his own fervent shopper Carrie Meeber, just a few years after Chopin's tale, the urban crowds make the impressionable eager both to fit in and to stand out splendidly through the conspicuous fashionableness of their appearance.
But the impression lingers that Farrell was a sort of inferior Dreiser, his distinguished predecessor in literary naturalism.
Still, it is hard to credit that Lippard, or Stephen King, for that matter, has more to say about the American experience than writers who are ignored, or passed over in a phrase--writers such as Mark Twain, Faulkner, Lewis, Vonnegut, Ellison, Doctorow, Dreiser, London, and many more.
Perhaps no American critic has enjoyed more success in advancing his views on literature as Mencken did between 1914 and 1925 with reviews and publication of such writers as Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, F.
He argues that "perhaps more strongly than any other author in this study, Dreiser fulfills Howells's vision of the author's simultaneously legal and literary role in American public life.
Dreiser appears to be hungry for money and sex, but in fact those things are only a sort of covering that the real hunger strikes through.
But Catholic writers tend to be softer, warmer, more feeling, than Puritan-Protestant ones mainly (the mother symbol vs the harsh, moralistic Father god) and this may account for the warmth and feeling in Hem, when he is good, as in Fitz, and in Dreiser.