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Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945)

Autor/a de Sister Carrie

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Theodore Dreiser was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, the twelfth of 13 children. His childhood was spent in poverty, or near poverty, and his family moved often. In spite of the constant relocations, Dreiser managed to attend school, and, with the financial aid of a sympathetic high school teacher, mostra'n més he was able to attend Indiana University. However, the need for income forced him to leave college after one year and take a job as a reporter in Chicago. Over the next 10 years, Dreiser held a variety of newspaper jobs in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and finally New York. He published his first novel, Sister Carrie in 1900, but because the publisher's wife considered its language and subject matter too "strong", it was barely advertised and went almost unnoticed. Today it is regarded as one of Dreiser's best works. It is the story of Carrie, a young woman from the Midwest, who manages to rise to fame and fortune on the strength of her personality and ambition, through her acting talent, and via her relationships with various men. Much of the book's controversy came from the fact that it portrayed a young woman who engages in sexual relationships without suffering the poverty and social downfall that were supposed to be the "punishment" for such "sin." Dreiser's reputation has increased instrumentally over the years. His best book and first popular success, An American Tragedy (1925), is now considered a major American novel, and his other works are widely taught in college courses. Like Sister Carrie, An American Tragedy also tells the story of an ambitious young person from the Midwest. In this case, however, the novel's hero is a man who is brought to ruin because of a horrible action he commits - he murders a poor young woman whom he has gotten pregnant, but whom he wants to discard in favor of a wealthy young woman who represents luxury and social advancement. As Dreiser portrays him, the young man is a victim of an economic system that torments so many with their lack of privilege and power and temps them to unspeakable acts. Dreiser is also known for the Coperwood Trilogy - The Financier (1912), The Titan (1914), and the posthumously published The Store (1947). Collectively the three books paint the portrait of a brilliant and ruthless "financial buccaneer." Dreiser is associated with Naturalism, a writing style that also includes French novelist Emile Zola. Naturalism seeks to portray all the social forces that shape the lives of the characters, usually conveying a sense of the inevitable doom that these forces must eventually bring about. Despite this apparent pessimism, Dreiser had faith in socialism as a solution to what he saw as the economic injustices of American capitalism. His socialist views were reinforced by a trip to the newly socialist Soviet Union, and in fact, Dreiser is still widely read in that country. There, as here, he is seen as a powerful chronicler of the injustices and ambitions of his time. Dreiser officially joined the Communist Party shortly before his death in 1945. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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Obres de Theodore Dreiser

Sister Carrie (1900) — Autor — 4,076 exemplars, 61 ressenyes
An American Tragedy (1925) 4,028 exemplars, 48 ressenyes
Sister Carrie: The Unexpurgated Edition (1981) 607 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
The Financier (1912) 552 exemplars, 17 ressenyes
Jennie Gerhardt (1911) 426 exemplars, 7 ressenyes
The Titan (1914) 304 exemplars, 7 ressenyes
Sister Carrie / Jennie Gerhardt / Twelve Men (1987) — Autor — 273 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The Genius (1915) 162 exemplars, 7 ressenyes
The Bulwark (1946) 140 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Best Short Stories of Theodore Dreiser (1947) 107 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Stoic (1947) 99 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) (1994) 99 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Twelve Men (1998) 64 exemplars
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Col·laborador — 61 exemplars
A Hoosier Holiday (1997) — Autor — 51 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Theodore Dreiser Presents The Living Thoughts of Thoreau (2010) — Editor, algunes edicions38 exemplars
The Color of a Great City (1996) 29 exemplars
Free and Other Stories (1971) 25 exemplars
The Hand of the Potter (1918) 22 exemplars
A Gallery of Women (complete) (1929) 18 exemplars, 1 ressenya
A Traveler at Forty (2005) 16 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Trilogy of Desire (1972) 13 exemplars
Harlan Miners Speak: Report on Terrorism in the Kentucky Coal Fields (1970) — Editor, algunes edicions12 exemplars
Tragic America (1931) 8 exemplars
A Book About Myself (2009) 8 exemplars
American Diaries, 1902-1926 (1983) 8 exemplars
A Gallery of Women Volume 1 (2004) 8 exemplars
The Lost Phoebe (2007) — Autor — 7 exemplars
Phantom Gold (1992) — Autor — 7 exemplars
Moods : Cadenced and Declaimed (2005) 6 exemplars
A Gallery of Women Volume 2 (2004) 6 exemplars
Theodore Dreiser's Ev'ry Month (1996) 5 exemplars
Dreiser Looks At Russia (1928) 5 exemplars
A Sister Carrie Portfolio (1985) 4 exemplars
Racconti 3 exemplars
Nigger Jeff (1991) 3 exemplars
Essays and Articles (1951) 3 exemplars
The American spectator year book (1934) — Editor — 3 exemplars
Valik novelle 3 exemplars
Political writings (2011) 3 exemplars
Letters to women. Volume 2 (2010) 2 exemplars
Free 2 exemplars
Carolina 2 exemplars
Meravigliosa Chicago (2015) 2 exemplars
The Hand (2011) 2 exemplars
Epitaph : a poem (1975) 2 exemplars
America Is Worth Saving (1941) 2 exemplars
Fine furniture (1973) 2 exemplars
Un caso di coscienza (2000) 2 exemplars
My City (1929) 2 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Tytan 1 exemplars
Pieniądz i zdrada 1 exemplars
American tragedy 1 exemplars
Der Titan 1 exemplars
Finančník 1 exemplars
Titán 1 exemplars
Geniy (2015) 1 exemplars
A SOLTEIRA 1 exemplars
Der Stoiker Roman 1 exemplars
the titan 1 exemplars
the stoic 1 exemplars
the bulward 1 exemplars
Jennie gerhard 1 exemplars
the genius 1 exemplars
short stories 1 exemplars
the financier 1 exemplars
TABLO TRAGJIKE 1 exemplars
EL GENIO 1 exemplars
Die besten Novellen (1995) 1 exemplars
Zora 1 exemplars
Selected Poems (from Moods) (1969) 1 exemplars
Chains and other Stories (1927) 1 exemplars
Married 1 exemplars
Titans 1 exemplars
A Story of Stories 1 exemplars
Libero 1 exemplars
Great American Short Stories 3 (1995) 1 exemplars
Notes on life. (1974) 1 exemplars
The Second Choice 1 exemplars
Hoosier holiday 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Fifty Great American Short Stories (1965) — Col·laborador — 439 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Col·laborador — 421 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (2004) — Col·laborador — 300 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Col·laborador — 284 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Col·laborador — 268 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural (1981) — Col·laborador — 200 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Col·laborador — 143 exemplars, 1 ressenya
An American Album: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Harper's Magazine (2000) — Col·laborador — 134 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Rise of Silas Lapham [Norton Critical Edition] (1885) — Col·laborador — 100 exemplars
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Expanded 10th-Anniversary Edition) (2008) — Col·laborador — 94 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Col·laborador — 76 exemplars
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Col·laborador — 69 exemplars, 1 ressenya
A Place in the Sun [1951 film] (1951) — Novel — 64 exemplars
Rod Serling’s Devils and Demons (1967) — Col·laborador — 61 exemplars
The Experience of the American Woman (1978) — Col·laborador — 46 exemplars
Published and Perished: Memoria, Eulogies, and Remembrances of American Writers (2002) — Col·laborador — 37 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Fifty Best American Short Stories 1915-1965 (1965) — Col·laborador — 36 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Haves & Have Nots: 30 Stories About Money & Class In America (1999) — Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
Lapham's Quarterly - Lines of Work: Volume IV, Number 2, Spring 2011 (2011) — Col·laborador — 30 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
50 Best American Short Stories 1915-1939 (2013) — Col·laborador — 28 exemplars
American short stories, 1820 to the present (1952) — Col·laborador — 26 exemplars
Ebony and Ivory (1923) — Prefaci, algunes edicions20 exemplars
Lilith : a dramatic poem (2008) — Introducció, algunes edicions17 exemplars
Carrie [1952 film] (2005) — Original novel — 12 exemplars
The Great Modern American Stories: An Anthology (1920) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
The Banned Books Compendium: 32 Classic Forbidden Books — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars, 7 ressenyes
Uncanny Tales 3 (1975) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Oh Excellent Air Bag: Under the Influence of Nitrous Oxide, 1799-1920 (2016) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Forced Labor in the United States (1971) — Introducció, algunes edicions6 exemplars
Our lives : American labor stories — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Representative American Short Stories — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars, 1 ressenya
1935 Essay Annual — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
American Short Stories (1978) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The songs of Paul Dresser — Introducció, algunes edicions3 exemplars
My Gal Sal [1942 film] (1942) — Writer — 3 exemplars
Modern Short Stories — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Marriage: Short Stories of Married Life (1923) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Modern American short stories (1963) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


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Theodore Dreiser a George Macy devotees (juliol 2023)
1914: Dreiser - The Titan a Literary Centennials (novembre 2015)


A surprisingly modern novel, except for its reliance on exposition, originally published 1900 to a problematic reception due to its descriptions of very flawed characters without an ‘uplifting’ message; a cross between Sinclair Lewis (Babbitt) and a dash of Dickens, although the author may have aimed for Balzac. Reprinted in 19927 and currently regarded as an American classic: a precursor to A Man In Full in some ways.

The main protagonist, Carrie, flees rural WI in the late 1800s for Chicago looking for work and faces the harsh working conditions of factory life while aching for the beautiful things offered to the fortunate. Via her impoverished sister, her aspiring middle class lover and then her upper middle class lover, she is a reflection of the different socioeconomic sectors in a rapidly industrialized and urban culture. A committed socialist, Dreiser takes aim at the ultimately vacuous goals presented as the golden life while frankly displaying the untenable realities in not achieving those goals.

There is no Hollywood ending, the message is never too bluntly struck and the pace keeps a good momentum; the characters are mostly presented as real people not one-dimensional. The problem is there are no brief paragraphs or even summary sentences to indicate what would have sent the characters along their paths in the first place: they become stock not because of a lack of description but because their actions appear too random. This isn’t an issue with minor characters, but for Carrie (the rise) and Hurstwood (the fall) the book would have benefited from a very modest amount of backstory, especially for Hurstwood.

Dreiser has sympathy for his characters and refrains from overt moralizing. Through the character Ames, the reader is given a “Third Way”, but with zero information on what this might actually entail. ‘Sister Carrie’ is one of those books that was important to have been written, very good to have read and will stay in the canon for a long time, but I suspect not a book to be reread.
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saschenka | Hi ha 60 ressenyes més | May 23, 2024 |
When we first meet Carrie (Meeber/Wheeler/Madenda), she isn't terribly likeable. There are shades of a Pretty Woman storyline, and the pace is rather slow. Stick with it--there's a lot here. The innocent Carrie, treated by the men in her life like an orphan without agency, quickly learns how to forge her own path, and this will include learning to play her own games. The story itself is quite miserly--definitely a tale of fortune's wheel. Dreiser has a gift for revealing the twists and turns of the darker bits of our souls, but in such a way that it is in fact part of our mundane existence, rather than dramatic depravity. The narration is exceedingly clever--sometimes sympathetic, sometimes sardonic commentary. The descriptions of city life and class structure are rich and dimensional and we come to feel a refreshing ambiguity about our heroine at the end.… (més)
rebcamuse | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Feb 21, 2024 |
5 powerful short stories: an old widower becomes convinced his late wife is still alive; a reporter is sent to observe a lynching; a young woman, dumped by her love of her life, gloomily ponders settling for second best.. Brilliant writing
starbox | Jan 25, 2024 |
This book is about a woman who winds up with a rather modern lifestyle, never marrying or having children, having a series of serious and casual romantic attachments and even living with her lovers, and eventually setting herself up in a successful entertainment career to the extent that instead of her deadbeat boyfriend supporting her on whatever cash he had not gambled away yet, she could support him. Dreiser writes her story as if it is a subtle tragedy in which despite gaining wealth, fame, financial security, and all the finer things in life, she was missing a certain 'something', perhaps the traditional life of wife/mother. This lament coming from the narrator never rang particularly true when considering the character of Carrie though. I could not imagine Carrie, as written, actually wanting traditional marriage or babies.
Dreiser also glosses over all the preparatory work that would have gone on during Carrie's younger life for her to be able to join in with a chorus line in a ballet so easily near the end of the book. If she is able to excel as a dancer and stage performer, surely she has had some training in the past. Dreiser portrays her stage career as if there is really no skill to it, merely innate talent and an artistic mind, plus luck that lands Carrie at the right place and time to get the right opportunities to make it big. So, her success is portrayed as almost dumb luck, unearned except perhaps in some way to atone for the messy past fate gave her by that point. Meanwhile her boyfriend, who kidnapped her and took her away to a new city to live with him, is portrayed as if his choice to not look for work seriously and his choices to gamble with the money he had left were not as important as the waves of fate that turned him into a pathetic beggar. He seems clinically depressed, as a result of chronic unemployment, sure, but I still could not really care about his demise.
So, while the story was entertaining, and I could definitely relate to some of the characters, my interpretation of the situations in this novel is not quite Dreiser's. In my reading of it, Carrie gets a happy ending, albeit a realistic one where she might be a little lonely right now, but where life really is good.
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JBarringer | Hi ha 60 ressenyes més | Dec 15, 2023 |


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