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The last titan : a life of Theodore Dreiser

Author: Jerome Loving
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This critical biography, the first on Theodore Dreiser in more than half a century, is the only study to fully weave Dreiser's literary achievement into the context of his life. Jerome Loving gives us a Dreiser for a new generation in an evocation of a writer who boldly swept away Victorian timidity to open the twentieth century in American literature." "Dreiser was a controversial figure in his time, not only  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Theodore Dreiser; Theodore Dreiser; Theodore Dreiser
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jerome Loving
ISBN: 0520234812 9780520234819
OCLC Number: 55947924
Description: xvi, 480 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Hoosier hard times --
A very bard of a city --
This matter of reporting --
Survival of the fittest --
Editorial days --
The writer --
Sister Carrie --
Down hill and up --
Return of the novelist --
Life after the Titanic --
The genius himself --
Back to the future --
An American tragedy --
Celebrity --
Tragic America --
Facing West --
Selected works of Theodore Dreiser.
Responsibility: Jerome Loving.
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"This critical biography, the first on Theodore Dreiser in more than half a century, is the only study to fully weave Dreiser's literary achievement into the context of his life. Jerome Loving gives us a Dreiser for a new generation in an evocation of a writer who boldly swept away Victorian timidity to open the twentieth century in American literature." "Dreiser was a controversial figure in his time, not only because of his literary efforts, which included publication of the brutal and heartbreaking An American Tragedy in 1925, but also because of his personal life, which featured numerous sexual liaisons, included membership in the communist party, merited a 180-page FBI file, and ended in Hollywood. The Last Titan paints a full portrait of the mature Dreiser between the two world wars - through the roaring twenties, the stock market crash, and the Depression - and describes his contact with important figures, from Emma Goldman and H.L. Mencken to two presidents Roosevelt. Tracing Dreiser's literary roots to Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, and especially Whitman, Loving adds a dimension to the writer's thought that has not been fully explored, and reshapes our understanding of his tremendous contribution to American literature in what will surely become the standard biography of one of America's best novelists."--Jacket.

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