Other Literary Forms
Theodore Dreiser is best known for his novels. Of the eight that he wrote, An American Tragedy (1925), which was twice made into a motion picture, has attracted the most continuing interest. His short fiction is subsidiary to his novels, and his stories are sometimes capsule versions of his longer fiction, or novels in miniature. Additionally, Dreiser, more interested in literature’s power to educate than its ability to entertain, experimented with a variety of different forms in which to express his ideas, writing several autobiographical volumes, various books of essays, sketches, and accounts of his travels, as well as two books of plays and a collection of poems.