Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the twentieth-century American novelist and expounder of naturalism, Theodore Dreiser, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources

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introduction & literary criticism

"Theodore Dreiser." A brief introduction to Dreiser, from the college textbook publisher the Heath Anthology of American Literature.

"Theodore Dreiser." A short introduction to Dreiser and his writing. Also "The American Novel: 1890s-1920s Naturalism." An overview of naturalism in the American novel, and some of the novelists who can be considered naturalistic. Web site from PBS.

"Theodore Dreiser." A Teacher's Guide to Theodore Dreiser's short story "Typhoon," its themes and the problems students often have with Dreiser's notoriously clumsy style. From educational publisher Heath.

Teaching resources for Theodore Dreiser from C-Span, from the 2001 American Writers series

Davies, Jude. "Theodore Dreiser." A substantial introduction to Theodore Dreiser, 1 August 2001. On Sister Carrie (1900); An American Tragedy (1925). Literary Encyclopedia [subscription service].

Ritterbusch, Nichole. "George Steven's A Place in the Sun and Jack Clayton's The Great Gatsby Shot-by-shot: a computer-assisted comparison." A comparison of the film versions of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel and the film based on Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy. EESE, July 1995

The Sister Carrie web site at the U of Pa. contains critical essays by Dreiser scholars Clare Virginia Eby, "Cultural and Historical Contexts for Sister Carrie"; James L. W. West, "The Composition and Publication of Sister Carrie"; and Nancy M. Shawcross, "Sister Carrie: 'A Strangely Strong Novel in a Queer Milieu," along with the text of the novel, facsimiles of the typescript, and more Dreiser material

(removed) The true story of the Chester Gillette and Grace Brown murder case that inspired Dreiser's An American Tragedy and its movie version, A Place in the Sun

Keillor, Garrison. Commenting on the 'scandalous' Sister Carrie, Keillor asks, "why did they ever ban a book this bad?", 10/13/97

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