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In his stories and in such landmark novels as Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945) defied literary propriety and broke new ground in American fiction by focusing on life as it is, rather than as it ought to be. Sherwood Anderson, introducing a collection of Dreiser stories, said of him: "If there is a modern movement in American prose writing ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 20th 1994 by Dover Publications (first published 1918)
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Timothy McNeil
I am of the belief that I want to like Dreiser much more than I do as an author. Maybe I should get around to reading his noted novels instead of muddling in the short fiction.

This may have been the sixth time I've read "The Lost Phoebe". I imagine that it is (especially now) the most anthologized of Dreiser's works. At the same time, I've never found it either fulfilling or purposeful. Dreiser wrote like a man who was being paid by the word, and not in the pulp magazine sense.

Of the other stor
Matthew Vacca
May 22, 2012 Matthew Vacca rated it really liked it
Theodore Dreiser was a name I was never familiar with, however I began to see it more and more as I researched classic books to read while teaching English in South Korea. Using many "Top 100 Books" lists to compile a wish list of authors and titles to find, Dreiser became a name I saw on most lists, along with author, Sherwood Anderson. I recently read and loved Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio. When I came across this collection of 5 short stories in Seoul for 2,400 Won, around $2, with an introduct ...more
Everett Darling
May 13, 2009 Everett Darling rated it really liked it
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The central topic in these short stories is how we relate to eachother in life, death, grief, and love. Mostly, these are stories of people who, for whatever reason, have wound up tied together, and who ask themselves, "what if..." and "why" a believably human number of times.
Yasmine Carlson
Aug 09, 2013 Yasmine Carlson rated it it was amazing
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This collection of short stories from America's great gritty realist is outstanding. Dreiser is one of the finest storytellers I've ever come across. "Nigger Jeff", "Free", and "The Lost Phoebe" are my favorites.
Jan 01, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
Very thin book, but some heavy writing. There's some rough psychological stuff here. I recommend it for fans of earlier American fiction.
Jeff Hobbs
Aug 14, 2015 Jeff Hobbs marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Second Choice--
Nigger Jeff--
The Lost Phoebe--3
Munkhtuya Mishig
Aug 23, 2010 Munkhtuya Mishig rated it really liked it
i liked "lost Pheabe" the most. nice but unexpectable stories..
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Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser was an American novelist and journalist. He pioneered the naturalist school and is known for portraying characters whose value lies not in their moral code, but in their persistence against all obstacles, and literary situations that more closely resemble studies of nature than tales of choice and agency.
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