once wrote of an ``American tragedy.
Scholars of American literature acknowledge the influence of Zola, Norris, and Dreiser
as well as the proletarian writers of the 1930's on the hard-boiled or tough novel.
Chicago has always rivaled the American south in its production of writers, from Theodore Dreiser
and Saul Bellow to Nelson Algren and Mike Royko.
Sender Garlin could never be the detached professional journalist, above the battle, any more than John Reed covering the Paterson mill strike of 1913, or Theodore Dreiser
writing about the mine struggles in Kentucky.
Giles's approach is to place Selby in the naturalist tradition of Crane, Dreiser
, and Algren, or more accurately, that in Selby naturalism is coupled with existentialism, which connects Selby with Dreiser
, at one end of the spectrum, and with Genet, at the other end.
provided a clear explanation of its role in 1898:
In Kazin's words, "if you imagine the patient sensibility of Wordsworth and the unselfconscious honesty of Dreiser
brought to the shock of his [Roth's] environment upon the senses, you may have some inkling of the slowness, the patience and the strange inner serenity of this book -- as of something won, very far deep within, against the conventional cruelties of modern city life.
In addition to 800 medieval manuscripts, notable manuscript collections include those of Theodore Dreiser
, Lewis Mumford, Marian Anderson, Alma Mahler Werfel, Howard Fast, and, most recently, Chaim Potok, as well as the Lenkin Family Collection of Photography, which comprises nearly 4,000 historical photographs of the Holy Land taken between 1850 and 1947.
Strout, Julie Herne, Theodore Roosevelt, Sinclair Lewis, Isabel Garland Lord, Theodore Dreiser
, and Kathleen Norris; the topics range from Garland's personal character to the impact of his writing on historical events.
An American Tragedy" by Theodore Dreiser
- Nancy Boucher, acquisitions librarian at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, digs deep into the past for this one, published in 1925.
Embracing such names as Dreiser
and Twain, and linking ideas across writers where such links may not have been expected, is another virtue of the book; that selection enlightens us about the changes which have taken place over the last thirty years or so in shuffling the hegemony of American novelists of the period, as they were placed in the university curriculum.
American Naturalism and the Jews: Garland, Norris, Dreiser
, Wharton, and Cather.