Theodore Dreiser

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General Information

Celebrated on the Illinois State Library Gwendolyn Brooks Building

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Name: Theodore Dreiser

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: August 27, 1871 in Terre Haute, Indiana

Died: December 28, 1945 in Hollywood, California

Photo Credit: CC-By Freebase

Illinois Connection

Dreiser began his career as a journalist for the Chicago Globe.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dreiser is considered to be the foremost novelist in the American naturalism movement. He wrote one of the great Chicago novels, Sister Carrie in 1900. It tells the story of a woman who flees her country life for the city of Chicago and falls into a wayward life. The book sold poorly, but it later acquired a considerable reputation and was made into a 1952 film by William Wyler, which starred Laurence Olivier and Jennifer Jones.

His other Chicago fiction, The Financier and The Titan, are both based on the career of Charles T. Yerkes, who built the Chicago railway system. Dresier's autobiographical writings also are interesting for their treatment of turn-of-the-century Chicago, especially A Book About Myself in 1922.

Published Works

  • Sister Carrie, 1900
  • Old Rogaum and His Theresa, 1901
  • Jennie Gerhardt:A Novel, 1911
  • The Financier, 1912
  • A Traveler at Forty, 1913
  • The Titan, 1914
  • The Lost Phoebe, 1914
  • The Genius, 1915
  • A Hoosier Holiday, 1916
  • Free and Other Stories, 1918
  • Twelve Men, 1919
  • Hey Rub-a-Dub-Dub: A Book of the Mystery and Wonder and Terror of Life, 1920
  • A Book About Myself, 1922 - republished (unexpurgated) as Newspaper Days, 1931
  • The Color of a Great City, 1923
  • An American Tragedy, 1925
  • Chains: Lesser Novels and Stories, 1927
  • Dreiser Looks at Russia, 1928
  • My City, 1929
  • A Gallery of Women, 1929
  • Tragic America, 1931
  • Dawn, 1931
  • America Is Worth Saving, 1941
  • The Bulwark, 1946
  • The Stoic, 1947

Titles at Your Library

Sister Carrie

ISBN: 0451531140
Release Date: 2009-01-06

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Jennie Gerhardt (The University of Pennsylvania Dreiser Edition)

ISBN: 0812212843
Release Date: 1992-01-01

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ISBN: 0899667104
Release Date: 1991-06

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The Titan

ISBN: 143531154X
Release Date: 2007-07-12

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Twelve Men (1919)

ISBN: 1104515547
Release Date: 2009-05-10

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An American Tragedy, Vol. 1

ISBN: 1427080321
Release Date: 2008-11-05

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Literary Awards

  • Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990
  • Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2011

External Links

Theodore Dreiser on WorldCat

Theodore Dreiser on C-SPAN American Writers


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