A Favorite Chicago Author
“Men and women hurried by in long, shifting lines. She felt the flow of the tide of effort and interest—felt her own helplessness without quite realizing the wisp on the tide she was”
I see quite a bit of poetry in the writing of Theodore Dreiser, while others find his novels dry and wordy. I enjoy Dreiser’s use of the author as social commentator – placing himself in the story and his disdain for consumerism is appropriate for a time when the production of goods was exploding as a result of the Industrial Revolution’s arrival in America. He was a man of his times. While he appeared to be somewhat of a stodgy professor type, he was not. The more one reads of Dreiser and about him I believe the more they will appreciate the man and his work.
The links page of Theodore Dreiser has been updated, and there are a number of his books available online. If you had to read Sister Carrie in high school, you probably hated it. But, when all is said and done, the story is quite contemporary. Try him.