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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Theodore Dreiser  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: August 27, 1871 in Terre Haute, Indiana

Died: December 28, 1945 in Hollywood

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-- Theodore Dreiser on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

*Wrote about Chicago*He began his career as a journalist in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

*Theodore 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. His other Chicago fiction, ''The Financier'' (1912) and ''The Titan'' (1914), 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.

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In 1990, his name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.