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Theodore Dreiser

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Theodore Dreiser


Born
in Terre Haute, Indiana, The United States
August 27, 1871

Died
December 28, 1945

Genre


Naturalistic novels of American writer and editor Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser portray life as a struggle against ungovernable forces. Value of his portrayed characters lies in their persistence against all obstacles, not their moral code, and literary situations more closely resemble studies of nature than tales of choice and agency; this American novelist and journalist so pioneered the naturalist school.

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Quotes by Theodore Dreiser  (?)
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“How true it is that words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.”
Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie

“Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean.  Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.”
Theodore Dreiser

“People in general attach too much importance to words. They are under the illusion that talking effects great results. As a matter of fact, words are, as a rule, the shallowest portion of all the argument. They but dimly represent the great surging feelings and desires which lie behind. When the distraction of the tongue is removed, the heart listens.”
Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie

Polls

2nd Quarter 2018 (April-June) Long Read Poll

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, 1849, 882 pages
 
  63 votes, 15.7%

 
  63 votes, 15.7%

The Arabian Nights, 800, 1049 pages
 
  43 votes, 10.7%

 
  36 votes, 9.0%

The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, 1008, 1182 pages
 
  29 votes, 7.2%

 
  28 votes, 7.0%

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, 1977, 692 pages
 
  23 votes, 5.7%

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, 1996, 1088 pages
 
  22 votes, 5.5%

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, 1353, 909 pages
 
  21 votes, 5.2%

 
  20 votes, 5.0%

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, 1962, 640 pages
 
  15 votes, 3.7%

 
  11 votes, 2.7%

The Histories by Herodotus, 400 BCE, 716 pages
 
  9 votes, 2.2%

Daniel Deronda by George Eliot, 1865, 796 pages
 
  6 votes, 1.5%

 
  5 votes, 1.2%

 
  5 votes, 1.2%

Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn, 1966, 933 pages
 
  3 votes, 0.7%

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