Theodore Dreiser Essay - Theodore Dreiser Long Fiction Analysis

Theodore Dreiser Long Fiction Analysis

Literary historians have shown, by identifying sources and characters, that Theodore Dreiser, even in his fiction, was a capable investigative reporter. His reliance on research for setting, character, and plot lines is evident in The Financier and The Titan and, most important, in An American Tragedy, but Dreiser was not bound by his investigative method. He went often to his own memories for material. Only when Dreiser combines autobiographical material with his research and reportage does his fiction come alive.

Dreiser’s youth and early manhood prepared him for the themes he developed. His unstable home life; the dichotomy established between a loving, permissive mother and a narrow,...

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