Theodore Dreiser Recalled

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Theodore Dreiser (1871–1946) has long been recognized as a pivotal figure in twentieth-century American literary and cultural history. His fiction played (and still plays) a major role in the vigorous debate over the relationship of art to social reality and political purpose, and his complex and compelling personality has always attracted much attention. From about 1912–15 to his death he was often considered the greatest American writer of the period. Theodore Dreiser Recalled collects for the first time commentary on this literary giant by those of his own time who knew him well. The book includes seventy-six recollections by friends, lovers, and literary associates, ranging in time of publication from 1912 to 1995. Presented with both expert and general readers in mind, the book not only clarifies and extends our knowledge of many aspects of Dreiser’s life and career but also makes excellent reading. In their various ways—from H. L. Mencken’s acerbic accounts of their friendship to one of Edgar Lee Masters’s most powerful poems to Kirah Markham’s bittersweet memories of their affair and to Esther McCoy’s compelling narrative of Dreiser’s death—the recollections demonstrate Dreiser’s ability to move others to recall him not only in full detail but with panache.

'Touching on the entire spectrum of the author’s controversial life and career, Theodore Dreiser Recalled is a must read not only for Dreiserians but for anyone interested in a multiperspectival portrayal of a watershed figure in US realism and naturalism.'
Klaus H. Schmidt, Studies in American Naturalism


‘Riveting reading… the continually changing perspectives on Dreiser from different subject positions convey a dynamic and complex personality… Theodore Dreiser Recalled is best read in book reviewer fashion, cover to cover.’
Clare Eby, American Literary Realism

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Donald Pizer, Pierce Butler Professor of English Emeritus, Tulane University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Part One: Personal Life21
Portraits of Dreiser23
Sherwood Anderson25
Ernest Boyd27
Louise Campbell29
Dorothy Dudley32
Max Eastman33
Ralph Fabri35
Waldo Frank36
Mike Gold39
Harris Merton Lyon42
Kirah Markham46
Edgar Lee Masters47
H. L. Mencken49
George Jean Nathan53
John Cowper Powys54
Edward H. Smith57
Marguerite Tjader61
Relations with Women65
Sara (“Jug”) White Dreiser67
Thelma Cudlipp72
Kirah Markham75
Louise Campbell81
Helen Dreiser82
Yvette Szekely Eastman92
Clara Clark Jaeger105
Marguerite Tjader115
Greenwich Village124
Rodin Studios, West 57th St.128
Iroki, Mt. Kisco130
1015 N. Kings Road, Los Angeles136
Final Years139
Marguerite Tjader141
Helen Dreiser153
Esther McCoy156
Part Two: Career and Beliefs179
Social and Political Activism181
Russian Journey183
The National Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners194
Dreiser’s Anti-Semitism209
Dreiser and the Communist Party216
Magazine Editor221
Ev’ry Month223
The Delineator225
American Spectator240
The Craft of Writing243
George Jean Nathan244
Ludwig Lewisohn245
Floyd Dell246
Helen Dreiser247
Clara Clark Jaeger249
Literary Friendships251
Richard Duffy252
Arthur Henry253
Sinclair Lewis256
Edgar Lee Masters257
H. L. Mencken260
Relations with Publishers and Movie Producers265
Doubleday, Page & Co. (Sister Carrie Suppression)267
John Lane Co. (The “Genius” Suppression)285
Horace Liveright294
Paramount Films296
Biographical Glossary of Contributors303
Contents List in Order of Date of Authorship or Publication315
Bibliography of Recollections of Dreiser335