Fun Facts Friday: Theodore Dreiser
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 26, 2011

Tomorrow will be the birthday of American novelist Theodore Dreiser (August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945). Mr. Dreiser is known for many things, among them are the situations he created which resemble nature studies more than the philosophical choice of agency. 1 ) Born Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser  in Terre Haute, Indiana and was 12 out of 13 children. 2 ) Dreiser’s first novel “Sister Carrie ” (1900) was received poorly due to moral objections at the time. Since then “Sister Carrie” has been described as the “greatest of all American urban novels”. 3 ) Dreiser’s “An American Tragedy“ (1925) was his first commercial success. 4 ) “An American Tragedy” was made into a movie 1931 and again in 1951 (called “A Place in the Sun“). 5 ) The book was critical of the American justice system and was based on a true story. 6 ) Dreiser’s work as a journalist influenced his books about “murder for money” which he considered an American disease. 7 ) His short story “My Brother Paul” was the base for the 1942 file “My Gal Sal“. 8 ) Dreiser not only talked the talk, but also walked the walk. He constantly fought censorship because he…

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