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Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945)

Forfatter af Søster Carrie

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Theodore Dreiser was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, the twelfth of 13 children. His childhood was spent in poverty, or near poverty, and his family moved often. In spite of the constant relocations, Dreiser managed to attend school, and, with the financial aid of a sympathetic high school teacher, vis mere he was able to attend Indiana University. However, the need for income forced him to leave college after one year and take a job as a reporter in Chicago. Over the next 10 years, Dreiser held a variety of newspaper jobs in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and finally New York. He published his first novel, Sister Carrie in 1900, but because the publisher's wife considered its language and subject matter too "strong", it was barely advertised and went almost unnoticed. Today it is regarded as one of Dreiser's best works. It is the story of Carrie, a young woman from the Midwest, who manages to rise to fame and fortune on the strength of her personality and ambition, through her acting talent, and via her relationships with various men. Much of the book's controversy came from the fact that it portrayed a young woman who engages in sexual relationships without suffering the poverty and social downfall that were supposed to be the "punishment" for such "sin." Dreiser's reputation has increased instrumentally over the years. His best book and first popular success, An American Tragedy (1925), is now considered a major American novel, and his other works are widely taught in college courses. Like Sister Carrie, An American Tragedy also tells the story of an ambitious young person from the Midwest. In this case, however, the novel's hero is a man who is brought to ruin because of a horrible action he commits - he murders a poor young woman whom he has gotten pregnant, but whom he wants to discard in favor of a wealthy young woman who represents luxury and social advancement. As Dreiser portrays him, the young man is a victim of an economic system that torments so many with their lack of privilege and power and temps them to unspeakable acts. Dreiser is also known for the Coperwood Trilogy - The Financier (1912), The Titan (1914), and the posthumously published The Store (1947). Collectively the three books paint the portrait of a brilliant and ruthless "financial buccaneer." Dreiser is associated with Naturalism, a writing style that also includes French novelist Emile Zola. Naturalism seeks to portray all the social forces that shape the lives of the characters, usually conveying a sense of the inevitable doom that these forces must eventually bring about. Despite this apparent pessimism, Dreiser had faith in socialism as a solution to what he saw as the economic injustices of American capitalism. His socialist views were reinforced by a trip to the newly socialist Soviet Union, and in fact, Dreiser is still widely read in that country. There, as here, he is seen as a powerful chronicler of the injustices and ambitions of his time. Dreiser officially joined the Communist Party shortly before his death in 1945. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Theodore Dreiser

Søster Carrie (1900) — Forfatter — 4,019 eksemplarer
An American Tragedy (1925) 3,961 eksemplarer
The Financier (1912) 541 eksemplarer
Jennie Gerhardt (1911) 418 eksemplarer
The Titan (1914) 300 eksemplarer
Sister Carrie / Jennie Gerhardt / Twelve Men (1987) — Forfatter — 268 eksemplarer
The Genius (1915) 159 eksemplarer
The Bulwark (1946) 137 eksemplarer
The Stoic (1656) 98 eksemplarer
Twelve Men (1962) 61 eksemplarer
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Bidragyder — 56 eksemplarer
En amerikansk tragedie / B.1 (1978) 51 eksemplarer
A Hoosier Holiday (1916) — Forfatter — 50 eksemplarer
En amerikansk tragedie / B.2 (1978) 46 eksemplarer
Theodore Dreiser Presents The Living Thoughts of Thoreau (1939) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver38 eksemplarer
The Color of a Great City (1996) 29 eksemplarer
Newspaper Days: An Autobiography (1965) 26 eksemplarer
The Hand of the Potter (1918) 23 eksemplarer
Free and Other Stories (1918) 23 eksemplarer
A Gallery of Women (complete) (1929) 18 eksemplarer
A Traveler at Forty (2005) 16 eksemplarer
Trilogy of Desire (1972) 13 eksemplarer
Harlan Miners Speak: Report on Terrorism in the Kentucky Coal Fields (1970) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver12 eksemplarer
Tragic America (1931) 8 eksemplarer
A Book About Myself (2009) 8 eksemplarer
American Diaries, 1902-1926 (1983) 8 eksemplarer
Chains: Lesser Novels and Stories (1927) 8 eksemplarer
A Gallery of Women Volume 1 (1929) 7 eksemplarer
Phantom Gold (1992) — Forfatter — 7 eksemplarer
The Lost Phoebe (2012) — Forfatter — 7 eksemplarer
A Gallery of Women Volume 2 (1929) 6 eksemplarer
Moods : Cadenced and Declaimed (1928) 6 eksemplarer
Theodore Dreiser's Ev'ry Month (1996) 5 eksemplarer
Dreiser Looks At Russia (1928) 5 eksemplarer
A Sister Carrie Portfolio (1985) 4 eksemplarer
Political writings (2010) 3 eksemplarer
Nigger Jeff (1958) 3 eksemplarer
Essays and Articles (1951) 3 eksemplarer
Racconti 3 eksemplarer
The American spectator year book (1934) — Redaktør — 3 eksemplarer
Dreiser-Mencken Letters, Volume 2 (1986) 3 eksemplarer
Valik novelle 3 eksemplarer
Life, Art and America. 3 eksemplarer
Un caso di coscienza (2000) 2 eksemplarer
Free 2 eksemplarer
Carolina 2 eksemplarer
The Hand (2011) 2 eksemplarer
Letters to women. Volume 2 (2010) 2 eksemplarer
My City (1929) 2 eksemplarer
Meravigliosa Chicago (2015) 2 eksemplarer
America Is Worth Saving (1941) 2 eksemplarer
Epitaph : a poem (1975) 2 eksemplarer
Tytan 1 eksemplar
Pieniądz i zdrada 1 eksemplar
Finančník 1 eksemplar
A SOLTEIRA 1 eksemplar
Der Stoiker Roman 1 eksemplar
Der Titan 1 eksemplar
Hoosier holiday 1 eksemplar
the stoic 1 eksemplar
the bulward 1 eksemplar
Titán 1 eksemplar
Jennie gerhard 1 eksemplar
sister carrie 1 eksemplar
TABLO TRAGJIKE 1 eksemplar
the financier 1 eksemplar
short stories 1 eksemplar
the titan 1 eksemplar
American tragedy 1 eksemplar
Geniy 1 eksemplar
the genius 1 eksemplar
Zora 1 eksemplar
The Second Choice 1 eksemplar
A Story of Stories 1 eksemplar
Chains and other Stories (1927) 1 eksemplar
Married 1 eksemplar
Selected Poems (from Moods) (1969) 1 eksemplar
Fine furniture (1973) 1 eksemplar
Die besten Novellen (1995) 1 eksemplar
Great American Short Stories 3 (1995) 1 eksemplar
Titans 1 eksemplar
Libero 1 eksemplar
Notes on life. (1974) 1 eksemplar
American tragedy 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Fifty Great American Short Stories (1965) — Bidragyder — 427 eksemplarer
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Bidragyder — 412 eksemplarer
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (2004) — Bidragyder — 297 eksemplarer
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Bidragyder — 274 eksemplarer
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Bidragyder — 267 eksemplarer
Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural (1981) — Bidragyder — 195 eksemplarer
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Bidragyder — 133 eksemplarer
The Rise of Silas Lapham [Norton Critical Edition] (1885) — Bidragyder — 97 eksemplarer
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Bidragyder — 73 eksemplarer
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Bidragyder — 69 eksemplarer
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Bidragyder — 66 eksemplarer
A Place in the Sun [1951 film] (1951) — Novel — 62 eksemplarer
Rod Serling’s Devils and Demons (1967) — Bidragyder — 60 eksemplarer
The Experience of the American Woman (1978) — Bidragyder — 46 eksemplarer
Fifty Best American Short Stories 1915-1965 (1965) — Bidragyder — 36 eksemplarer
50 Best American Short Stories 1915-1939 (1939) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
American short stories, 1820 to the present (1952) — Bidragyder — 26 eksemplarer
Ebony and Ivory (1923) — Forord, nogle udgaver20 eksemplarer
Lilith : a dramatic poem (1920) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver17 eksemplarer
The Great Modern American Stories: An Anthology (1920) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Carrie [1952 film] (2005) — Original novel — 10 eksemplarer
Uncanny Tales 3 (1975) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Our lives : American labor stories — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
Forced Labor in the United States (1971) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver6 eksemplarer
Representative American Short Stories — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
1935 Essay Annual — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
The songs of Paul Dresser — Introduktion, nogle udgaver3 eksemplarer
Modern Short Stories — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
American Short Stories (1978) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
My Gal Sal [1942 film] (1942) — Writer — 3 eksemplarer
Marriage: Short Stories of Married Life — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Modern American short stories (1963) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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5 powerful short stories: an old widower becomes convinced his late wife is still alive; a reporter is sent to observe a lynching; a young woman, dumped by her love of her life, gloomily ponders settling for second best.. Brilliant writing
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starbox | Jan 25, 2024 |
This book is about a woman who winds up with a rather modern lifestyle, never marrying or having children, having a series of serious and casual romantic attachments and even living with her lovers, and eventually setting herself up in a successful entertainment career to the extent that instead of her deadbeat boyfriend supporting her on whatever cash he had not gambled away yet, she could support him. Dreiser writes her story as if it is a subtle tragedy in which despite gaining wealth, fame, financial security, and all the finer things in life, she was missing a certain 'something', perhaps the traditional life of wife/mother. This lament coming from the narrator never rang particularly true when considering the character of Carrie though. I could not imagine Carrie, as written, actually wanting traditional marriage or babies.
Dreiser also glosses over all the preparatory work that would have gone on during Carrie's younger life for her to be able to join in with a chorus line in a ballet so easily near the end of the book. If she is able to excel as a dancer and stage performer, surely she has had some training in the past. Dreiser portrays her stage career as if there is really no skill to it, merely innate talent and an artistic mind, plus luck that lands Carrie at the right place and time to get the right opportunities to make it big. So, her success is portrayed as almost dumb luck, unearned except perhaps in some way to atone for the messy past fate gave her by that point. Meanwhile her boyfriend, who kidnapped her and took her away to a new city to live with him, is portrayed as if his choice to not look for work seriously and his choices to gamble with the money he had left were not as important as the waves of fate that turned him into a pathetic beggar. He seems clinically depressed, as a result of chronic unemployment, sure, but I still could not really care about his demise.
So, while the story was entertaining, and I could definitely relate to some of the characters, my interpretation of the situations in this novel is not quite Dreiser's. In my reading of it, Carrie gets a happy ending, albeit a realistic one where she might be a little lonely right now, but where life really is good.
… (mere)
 
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JBarringer | 59 andre anmeldelser | Dec 15, 2023 |
Well, I liked it. Sad, and Carrie was a bit cold, but it was a fun read. The movie with Laurence Olivier was really sad!!
 
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nogomu | 18 andre anmeldelser | Oct 19, 2023 |
I read this because the review said it was about a young girl who leaves home to go to Chicago to earn keep. This reminded by my aunt Sarah Alspaugh's story. I also referred it to cousin Heather Popovich. I read the whole book, but it did not give me much insight into my aunt's life. Carrie moved into a life of affluence. My aunt did not (she was a telephone operator, I believe).
 
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