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Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945)

Auteur 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, afficher plus 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) afficher moins
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Œuvres de Theodore Dreiser

Sister Carrie (1900) — Auteur — 4,033 exemplaires
An American Tragedy (1925) 3,990 exemplaires
The Financier (1912) 544 exemplaires
Jenny gerhardt (1911) 421 exemplaires
The Titan (1914) 303 exemplaires
Sister Carrie / Jennie Gerhardt / Twelve Men (1987) — Auteur — 270 exemplaires
The Genius (1915) 160 exemplaires
The Bulwark (1946) 138 exemplaires
The Stoic (1656) 98 exemplaires
Twelve Men (1962) 63 exemplaires
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Contributeur — 58 exemplaires
En amerikansk tragedie / B.1 (1978) 51 exemplaires
A Hoosier Holiday (1916) — Auteur — 50 exemplaires
En amerikansk tragedie / B.2 (1978) 46 exemplaires
Theodore Dreiser Presents The Living Thoughts of Thoreau (1939) — Directeur de publication, quelques éditions38 exemplaires
The Color of a Great City (1996) 29 exemplaires
Newspaper Days: An Autobiography (1965) 27 exemplaires
Free and Other Stories (1918) 23 exemplaires
The Hand of the Potter (1918) 23 exemplaires
A Gallery of Women (complete) (1929) 18 exemplaires
A Traveler at Forty (2005) 16 exemplaires
Trilogy of Desire (1972) 13 exemplaires
Harlan Miners Speak: Report on Terrorism in the Kentucky Coal Fields (1970) — Directeur de publication, quelques éditions12 exemplaires
Tragic America (1931) 8 exemplaires
A Book About Myself (2009) 8 exemplaires
Chains: Lesser Novels and Stories (1927) 8 exemplaires
American Diaries, 1902-1926 (1983) 8 exemplaires
A Gallery of Women Volume 1 (1929) 8 exemplaires
The Lost Phoebe (2012) — Auteur — 7 exemplaires
Phantom Gold (1992) — Auteur — 7 exemplaires
Moods : Cadenced and Declaimed (1928) 6 exemplaires
A Gallery of Women Volume 2 (1929) 6 exemplaires
Theodore Dreiser's Ev'ry Month (1996) 5 exemplaires
Dreiser Looks At Russia (1928) 5 exemplaires
A Sister Carrie Portfolio (1985) 4 exemplaires
Life, Art and America. 3 exemplaires
Racconti 3 exemplaires
Nigger Jeff (1958) 3 exemplaires
Dreiser-Mencken Letters, Volume 2 (1986) 3 exemplaires
Essays and Articles (1951) 3 exemplaires
The American spectator year book (1934) — Directeur de publication — 3 exemplaires
Valik novelle 3 exemplaires
Political writings (2010) 3 exemplaires
Letters to women. Volume 2 (2010) 2 exemplaires
Free 2 exemplaires
Carolina 2 exemplaires
Meravigliosa Chicago (2015) 2 exemplaires
America Is Worth Saving (1941) 2 exemplaires
My City (1929) 2 exemplaires
The Hand (2011) 2 exemplaires
Epitaph : a poem (1975) 2 exemplaires
Un caso di coscienza (2000) 2 exemplaires
Titán 1 exemplaire
Finančník 1 exemplaire
Der Titan 1 exemplaire
Pieniądz i zdrada 1 exemplaire
Der Stoiker Roman 1 exemplaire
Geniy (2015) 1 exemplaire
Tytan 1 exemplaire
A SOLTEIRA 1 exemplaire
American tragedy 1 exemplaire
the financier 1 exemplaire
Hoosier holiday 1 exemplaire
the stoic 1 exemplaire
the bulward 1 exemplaire
Jennie gerhard 1 exemplaire
the genius 1 exemplaire
short stories 1 exemplaire
the titan 1 exemplaire
TABLO TRAGJIKE 1 exemplaire
Ambiciones que matan 1 exemplaire
The Theodore Dreiser Collection (2016) 1 exemplaire
Die besten Novellen (1995) 1 exemplaire
Das Genie Erster Band 1 exemplaire
Married 1 exemplaire
Zora 1 exemplaire
Selected Poems (from Moods) (1969) 1 exemplaire
Chains and other Stories (1927) 1 exemplaire
Fine furniture (1973) 1 exemplaire
Titans 1 exemplaire
Libero 1 exemplaire
Great American Short Stories 3 (1995) 1 exemplaire
Notes on life. (1974) 1 exemplaire
The Second Choice 1 exemplaire
A Story of Stories 1 exemplaire
American tragedy 1 exemplaire

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The American Spectator : A Literary Newspaper, Vol. 1 No. 6 — Directeur de publication — 1 exemplaire
The American Spectator : A Literary Newspaper, Vol. 1 No. 4 — Directeur de publication — 1 exemplaire
The American Spectator : A Literary Newspaper, Vol. 1 No. 5 — Directeur de publication — 1 exemplaire
Modern American short stories (1963) — Contributeur — 1 exemplaire
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Contributeur — 1 exemplaire


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Theodore Dreiser à George Macy devotees (Juillet 2023)
1914: Dreiser - The Titan à Literary Centennials (Novembre 2015)


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.… (plus d'informations)
rebcamuse | 4 autres critiques | 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 | 59 autres critiques | Dec 15, 2023 |
Well, I liked it. Sad, and Carrie was a bit cold, but it was a fun read. The movie with Laurence Olivier was really sad!!
nogomu | 18 autres critiques | Oct 19, 2023 |


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