published in Dreiser Studies 35.2 (Winter 2004). ©
A Dreiser Checklist, 2002-2003
Roger W. Smith
This checklist supplements Theodore Dreiser: A
Primary Bibliography and Reference Guide, by Donald Pizer, Richard W.
Dowell, and Frederic E. Rusch (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1991). It attempts to
include all significant primary and secondary works published in the years
2002 through 2003. This bibliography will also be published on the Dreiser
Studies website: <http://www.uncw.edu/dreiser/studies/>.
As was the case with past checklists, this update does
not include publications in which Dreiser is given only passing mention,
nor does it include reviews of secondary sources. It does, however,
include articles that contain nuggets of biographical detail (no matter
how slight) that are not derivative, personal reminiscences about Dreiser,
or excerpts from Dreiser’s correspondence and books and articles that
include brief original critical insight or comment on Dreiser or his
works. When the relevance to Dreiser is not otherwise clear from the
title, items receive brief annotations. Internet publications are not
For cross-referencing, each item in the checklist is
preceded by an alphanumeric or numeric identifier that essentially follows
the system used by Pizer, Dowell, and Rusch in Theodore Dreiser: A
Primary Bibliography and Reference Guide. For book reviews,
cross-references are provided parenthetically after the title of the book
being reviewed. For reprints and collections of essays, they follow the
complete citation. Publications by or about Dreiser (including
translations of his works) in languages other than English have not been
cited. They will be covered in a future update.
I thank Thomas Bednarz, Choi Chatterjee, Uwe Juras,
Karine Madsen, Geoffrey O’Brien, Ada Øye, Dorothy Rompalske, and Klaus
Schmidt for their responses to inquiries.
Overlooked Items in Previous Dreiser Checklists
Eaton, Mark A. “Moving Pictures and Spectacular
Criminality in An American Tragedy and Native Son.” Prospects:
An Annual of American Cultural Studies 27 (2000): 399–426.
Loving, Jerome. “Notes from the Underground of Sister
Carrie.” Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook: 2001. Ed.
Matthew J. Bruccoli. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2002. 360–66.
Writings by Theodore Dreiser
A. Books, Pamphlets, Leaflets, and Broadsides
A2002.1. Dreiser, Theodore. An American Tragedy.
E-book. New York: RosettaBooks, 2002.
A2003.1. Dreiser, Theodore. An American Tragedy.
Ed. Thomas P. Riggio. New York: Library of America, 2003.
D. Miscellaneous Separate Publications
D2002.1. Dreiser, Theodore. “The First Three
Paragraphs of Sister Carrie as They Appear in the English Originals
and in Translation.” Dreiser Studies 33.1 (2002): 70–75.
D2002.2. ———. “Sherwood Anderson, 1876–1941.”
Published and Perished: Memoria, Eulogies and Remembrances of American
Writers. Ed. Steven Gilbar and Dean Stewart. Boston: David R. Godine,
2002. 77–78. Reprint of C41-3.
D2002.3. Jackson, Kenneth T., and David S. Dunbar, eds.
Empire City: New York Through the Centuries. New York: Columbia UP,
2002. 536–40. Contains “The City of My Dreams” and “The City
Awakes” from Dreiser’s The Color of a Great City
D2003.1. Dreiser, Theodore. “Interview with P. D.
Armour.” The Jungle: An Authoritative Text, Contexts and Backgrounds,
Criticism, by Upton Sinclair. Norton Critical Edition. Ed. Clare
Virginia Eby. New York: Norton, 2003. 357–62. Reprint of C98-49.
D2003.2. ———. “Nigger Jeff.” Witnessing
Lynching: American Writers Respond. Ed. Anne P. Rice. New
Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2003. 151–70. See also Introduction
(8–9) and bibliographical headnote (151), where circumstances of story’s
composition and publication are discussed.
D2003.3. ———. Theodore Dreiser’s Uncollected
Magazine Articles, 1897–1902. Ed. Yoshinobu Hakutani. Newark, DE: U
of Delaware P, 2003. Reprint of C97-14, C97-16, C98-2, C98-16, C98-18,
C98-27, C98-30, C98-31, C98-32, C98-53, C98-59, C99-17, C99-22, C99-28,
C99-36, C99-38, C99-43, C99-49, C00-2, C00-7, C00-8, C00-9, C00-10,
C00-11, C00-13, C00-14, C01-1, C01-2, C01-3, C01-6, C02-1, C02-3, C02-6.
D2003.4. Watts, Michael, ed. The Literary Book of
Economics: Including Readings from Literature and Drama on Economic
Concepts, Issues, and Themes. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2003. 64–69.
Contains excerpts from Sister Carrie.
Writings About Theodore Dreiser
2002.1. “An American Tragedy, by Theodore
Dreiser (United States, 1925).” The Social Impact of the Novel: A
Reference Guide. Ed. Claudia Durst Johnson and Vernon Johnson.
Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. 281–82.
2002.2. Arthur, Anthony. “The Slap Heard ’Round the
World: Sinclair Lewis, Theodore Dreiser, and the Nobel Prize.” Literary
Feuds: A Century of Celebrated Quarrels—from Mark Twain to Tom Wolfe.
New York: St. Martin’s, 2002. 49–75.
2002.3. Bardeleben, Renate von. “Same or Other:
Reading the German-Language Translation of Sister Carrie.” Dreiser
Studies 33.1 (2002): 33–46.
2002.4. Barton, John Cyril. “An American Travesty:
Capital Punishment and the Criminal Justice System in Dreiser’s An
American Tragedy.” REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and
American Literature 18 (2002): 357–84.
2002.5. Bates, Laura Raidonis. “Play Review: Sister
Carrie at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.” Dreiser Studies
33.1 (2002): 76–81.
2002.6. Boyer, Paul S. Purity in Print: Book
Censorship in America from the Gilded Age to the Computer Age. 2nd ed.
Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2002. 19, 36–40, 86–87, 109–110, 185–87,
2002.7. Brennan, Stephen C. “ ‘Are not cat men
afraid of mothers?’ Self-Creation in Dawn.” Dreiser Studies
33.2 (2002): 68–102.
2002.8. Bucci, Richard. Review of Twelve Men
(A98.3). TEXT 12 (2002): 372–80.
2002.9. Campbell, Donna M. “Fiction: 1900 to the
1930s.” American Literary Scholarship: An Annual, 2000. Ed. David
J. Nordloh. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2002. 273–305. (Dreiser, pp. 280–85.)
2002.10. Chrystal, Sandra J. “Dreiser, Theodore
(1871-1945).” Encyclopedia of Literature and Science. Ed. Pamela
Gossin. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. 114 passim. Includes a brief,
one-paragraph entry on Dreiser and in other entries cites his works or
mentions the influence of scientific concepts on Dreiser as well as other
2002.11. Cole, Jean Lee. The Literary Voices of
Winnifred Eaton: Redefining Ethnicity and Authenticity. New Brunswick,
NJ: Rutgers UP, 2002. 75–76. Contrasts the helplessness and passivity
exhibited by Carrie Meeber and Jennie Gerhardt with characters in novels
of the Canadian-born writer Onoto Watanna (Winnifred Eaton Reeve).
2002.12. Doherty, Thomas. “An American Tragedy:
The Shotgun Wedding of Moscow and Hollywood.” History Today 52.5
2002.13. Duke, David C. Writers and Miners: Activism
and Imagery in America. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 2002. 28–34, 104,
110–111, 243n. Discusses the activities of the Dreiser-led committee
that investigated miners’ labor conditions in Harlan County, Kentucky,
in 1931. Also discusses Jo Carson’s depiction of Dreiser in her play A
Preacher with a Horse to Ride (1990).
2002.14. Gwinn, Mary Ann. “Literature For Lazing.” Seattle
Times 24 June 2002: E1. “More than 100 years ago Dreiser understood
exactly what the rootlessness and superficiality of the modern world would
do to our souls, and in ‘Sister Carrie’ he presents it all
unflinchingly. Critics say Dreiser is a terrible prose writer. Maybe so.
But he’s a great storyteller.”
2002.15. Hakutani, Yoshinobu. “Introduction. Special
Section: Sister Carrie in Translation.” Dreiser Studies
33.1 (2002): 27–32.
2002.16. Heffernan, Virginia Page. “The Threat of
American Life: Literary Defensiveness at the Turn of the Nineteenth
Century.” Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard U, 2002. DAI 63.1 (2002):
187A. Examines how major themes of American monetary policy pervade the
work of Dreiser, Frank Norris, Henry James, William James, and William
Dean Howells. “The Threat of Inflation in Sister Carrie”
2002.17. Hill, Kerry Glynn. “Mencken’s Nietzsche:
An Examination of the Origins and Effects of the American Critic’s
Interpretation of the German Philosopher’s Writings.” Ph.D.
dissertation, U of Colorado, 2002. DAI 63.2 (2002): 726A. Contains
a lengthy section entitled “The Influence of Mencken’s Nietzsche on
the Works of Theodore Dreiser.”
2002.18. Jaeckle, Jeff. “Dreiser’s Universe of
Imbalance in Sister Carrie.” Dreiser Studies 33.2 (2002):
2002.19. Jiang, Daochao. “Sister Carrie and
the Chinese Mentality.” Dreiser Studies 33.1 (2002): 47–55.
2002.20. Johnson, Laura K. “Courting Justice:
Marriage, Law, and the American Novel, 1890–1925.” Ph.D. dissertation,
Boston U, 2002. DAI 62.5 (2001): 1834A. “Theodore Dreiser and
Marital Fraud” (thesis chapter).
2002.21. Kusmer, Kenneth L. Down and Out, on the
Road: The Homeless in American History. Oxford and New York: Oxford
UP, 2002. 174–75. Discusses Sister Carrie’s Hurstwood as an
example of the literary figure of the tramp who is newly sunk into poverty
on account of unemployment. Mentions the circumstances under which Dreiser
2002.22. Lingeman, Richard. Sinclair Lewis: Rebel
from Main Street. New York: Random, 2002. 40, 45, 52, 320–22, 331–32,
353–55, 366–69, 476.
2002.23. Markov, Nina. “Reading and the Material
Girl: Educating Sister Carrie.” Critical Sense 10.1 (2002): 19–58.
2002.24. Mencken, H. L. H. L. Mencken on American
Literature. Ed. S. T. Joshi. Athens, OH: Ohio UP, 2002. 39–73
passim. Reprints reviews of Dreiser’s works by Mencken previously cited
as 1911.40, 1912.73, 1914.73, 1915.53, 1916.65, 1926.100.
2002.25. Minter, David. “A Cultural History of the
Modern American Novel.” The Cambridge History of American Literature.
Volume 6: Prose Writing, 1910–1950. Ed. Sacvan Bercovitch. Cambridge
and New York: Cambridge UP, 2002. 5, 26–7, 28, 29–33, 83–87, 113,
142. See also David Minter, A Cultural History of the American Novel:
Henry James to William Faulkner (1994.14).
2002.26. Mulligan, Roark. “Dreiser’s Private
Library.” Dreiser Studies 33.2 (2002): 40–67.
2002.27. Murayama, Kiyohiko. “The Hidden Polemics in Sister
Carrie.” Dreiser Studies 33.1 (2002): 56–63.
2002.28 Murphy, Brenda. “The ‘Genius’ as Iceman:
Eugene O’Neill’s Portrayal of Theodore Dreiser.” American
Literary Realism 34.2 (2002): 135–45.
2002.29. Newlin, Keith. “The International Theodore
Dreiser Society.” The Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook: 2001.
Ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli. Detroit: Gale, 2002. 445–47.
2002.30. Øye, Ada Bråthen. “Between Two Worlds: The
Evolution of the New Woman in American Fiction.” Master’s thesis, U of
Oslo, Norway, 2002. Focuses on the evolution of the New Woman in American
literature around 1900, using Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin’s The
Awakening and Carrie Meeber in Dreiser’s Sister Carrie as
representatives for the white New Woman and Amy Boldin in Jessie Redmond
Fauset’s novella “When the Sleeper Wakes” and Rachel Loving in
Anglina Weld Grimké’s play Rachel as examples of
African-American New Woman.
2002.31. Patterson, Yolanda Astarita. “Caroline
Meeber: A Liberated Manon Lescaut?” Dreiser Studies 33.1 (2002):
2002.32. Perry, George. “Dramatic Twists on Broadway:
Location Location Location.” Sunday Times (London, England) 24
Feb. 2002: 6. States that Dreiser wrote An American Tragedy while
living in The Ansonia, a residential hotel in Manhattan.
2002.33. Pizer, Donald. American Literary
Naturalism: Recent and Uncollected Essays. Bethesda, MD: Academica,
2002. Includes “Sister Carrie: The Pennsylvania Edition,” 121–28
(1982.42); “Sister Carrie and the Problem of American Literary
Naturalism,” 129–41 (1999.43); and “ ‘True Art Speaks Plainly’:
Theodore Dreiser and the Late Nineteenth-Century Debate over Realism and
Naturalism,” 143–56 (1996.23).
2002.34. Rolfe, Lionel. Literary LA: Expanded from
the Original Classic and Featuring the Coffeehouse Scene Then and Now.
Los Angeles: California Classics, 2002. 117–18. Briefly describes
Dreiser’s life when he resided in Los Angeles. First published as Literary
LA (San Francisco: Chronicle, 1981).
2002.35. Rosenbaum, Emily. “Performance Anxiety in Sister
Carrie: Theodore Dreiser, the Ashcan School, and Theater Audiences.”
Dreiser Studies 33.1 (2002): 3–26.
2002.36. Runyon, Randolph Paul. “A Problem in Spatial
Composition: On the Order of Or Else.” Southern Review
38.4 (2002): 861–79. An essay about Robert Penn Warren’s Or Else:
Poem/Poems 1968–1974. Compares Warren’s poem “Homage to Theodore
Dreiser” with two other poems in the collection, “Rattlesnake Country”
and “Flaubert in Egypt.”
2002.37. Ruotolo, Cristina. “ ‘Whence the Song’:
Voice and Audience in Dreiser’s Sister Carrie.” American
Literary Realism 35.1 (2002): 39–58.
2002.38. Schweighauser, Philipp. “The Soundscapes of
American Realist Fiction.” Philologie im Netz 19 (2002): 55–78.
Explores the acoustic geographies of texts by Dreiser (Sister Carrie),
Frank Norris, Stephen Crane, Rebecca Harding Davis, and William Dean
2002.39. ———. “ ‘You Must Make Less
Noise in Here, Mister Schouler’: Acoustic Profiling in American Realism.”
Studies in American Fiction 30.1 (2002): 85–102. Uses the
theories of Pierre Bourdieu to discuss how the dialect of immigrants and
foreign-sounding speech identify the social status and personality of
various characters in Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, Norris’s McTeague,
and Howells’s A Hazard of New Fortunes.
2002.40. Seguin, Robert. Review of Theodore Dreiser:
Art Music, and Literature, 1897–1902 (D2003.3). Dreiser Studies
33.2 (2002): 103–105.
2002.41. Senatore, Carolyn. “Women as the ‘Other’
in Emile Zola’s Nana and Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie.”
Master’s thesis, College of Staten Island, 2002.
2002.42. Sollors, Werner. “Ethnic Modernism.” The
Cambridge History of American Literature. Volume 6: Prose Writing, 1910–1950.
Ed. Sacvan Bercovitch. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 2002. 401.
Comments on Stuart P. Sherman’s attack on Dreiser in 1915 for “barbaric
naturalism” and notes Sherman’s implication that Dreiser’s ethnic
background made him a less “American” or “mainstream” writer.
2002.43. Tabor-Hann, Kellie E. “Naturalist
Domesticity, Domestic Naturalism: Outside, Inside, and Floating Among
the Fictional Homes of Dreiser, Norris, and London.” Ph.D. dissertation,
U of Maryland, 2002. DAI 64.11 (2004): 4053A.
2002.44. Teachout, Terry. The Skeptic: A Life of H.
L. Mencken. New York: HarperCollins, 2002. 91–97, 102–106, 127–30,
2002.45. Totten, Gary. “An Ordinary Tourist: Cultural
Vision and Narrative Form in Theodore Dreiser’s A Traveler at Forty.”
Dreiser Studies 33.2 (2002): 21–39.
2002.46. Vasey, Margaret Isabella. “Sister Carrie
and Jennie Gerhardt: Theodore Dreiser’s Portraits of Enduring
Woman.” Ph.D. dissertation, Kent State U, 2002. DAI 63.6 (2002):
2002.47. Walcutt, Charles Child, updated by George
Perkins. “Dreiser, Theodore [Herman Albert] (1871–1945).” HarperCollins
Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature, Second Edition. Ed.
George Perkins, Barbara Perkins, and Phillip Leininger. New York:
HarperCollins, 2002. 274–76. Formerly published in 1991 as Benét’s
Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature.
2002.48. Wald, Alan M. Exiles from a Future Time:
The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left. Chapel Hill: U
of North Carolina P, 2002. 51, 77, 98, 353n27.
2002.49. Wetzsteon, Ross. Republic of Dreams:
Greenwich Village: The American Bohemia, 1910–1960. New York: Simon
and Schuster, 2002. 297–303.
2002.50. Wolman, William, and Anne Colamosca. The
Great 401(k) Hoax: Why Your Family’s Financial Security Is at Risk, and
What You Can Do About It. Cambridge, MA: Perseus, 2002. 73–74.
Comments on trenchant criticisms made by Dreiser in the 1920s of the
economic infrastructure in the United States. “Dreiser . . . acted as an
invaluable and realistic literary bridge—from the ‘feel-good’ 1920s
to an America reeling under the depression.”
2003.1. Amrane, Nadjia. “Theodore Dreiser’s
Relevance to the Modern Moslem World.” Dreiser Studies 34.2
2003.2. Arnold, Gary. “Stevens’ Son Lauds ‘Shane’
at Silver.” Washington Times 17 Oct. 2003: D08. Mentions that
George Stevens Jr., son of the director of A Place in the Sun,
while in high school was employed as a reader for Paramount, in which
capacity his first assignment was to “break down,” or prepare a
summary of the characters and plot of, Dreiser’s An American Tragedy
for the updated movie version of the novel.
2003.3. Ashton, Susanna. Collaborators in Literary
America, 1870–1920. New York and Houndmills, England: Palgrave
Macmillan, 2003. 97. Notes that “The Gold Mine,” a play by Brander
Matthews and George Jessop, sparks Carrie Meeber’s first interest in the
theater. “Dreiser’s use of Matthews and Jessop’s play was but a
passing reference in Sister Carrie, but it spoke volumes. Carrie’s
appreciation for ‘A Gold Mine’ was a testament to her own naiveté and
2003.4. Brittan, Lorna K. M. “Pressured Identities:
American Individualism in the Age of the Crowd.” Ph.D. dissertation,
Princeton U, 2003. DAI 64.2 (2003): 498A. Explores the radical
reconception of American individualism by major realist writers at the
beginning of the twentieth century. “ ‘As yet more drawn than she
drew’: Sister Carrie’s Object Lessons” (thesis chapter).
2003.5. Brown, Bill. A Sense of Things: The Object
Matter of American Literature. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2003. 33–34.
Compares the title character of Dreiser’s Sister Carrie and the
lead character in Zola’s novel Au Bonheur des Dames, noting the
effect retail objects have on Carrie Meeber and how they represent a
source for her of animation and individuation.
2003.6. Brownell, Joseph W., and Patricia W. Enos. Adirondack
Tragedy: The Gillette Murder Case of 1906. 3rd ed. Utica, NY: Nicholas
K. Burns, 2003.
2003.7. Cain, William E. “Dreiser’s Monster and
Alter Ego, Driven by Desire.” Boston Globe 20 July 2003: D8.
Review of Library of America edition of An American Tragedy
2003.8. ———. “Intellectuals, Cultural Critics,
Men and Women of Letters.” The Cambridge History of American
Literature: Volume 5, Poetry and Criticism 1900–1950. Ed. Sacvan
Bercovitch. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 2003. 459–60.
Discusses H. L. Mencken’s role, as critic and essayist, in preparing the
way for Dreiser, defending Dreiser the artist, and aiding his development
as a novelist.
2003.9. Campbell, Donna M. “Fiction: 1900 to the
1930s.” American Literary Scholarship: An Annual, 2001. Ed. Gary
Scharnhorst. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2003. 305–42. (Dreiser, pp. 311–15.)
2003.10. Capo, Beth Widmaier. “Inserting the
Diaphragm In(to) Modern American Fiction: Mary McCarthy, Philip Roth, and
the Literature of Contraception.” Journal of American Culture
26.1 (2003): 111–23. Notes that Dreiser was a supporter of the birth
control movement and observes that he “implicitly argues for birth
control” in Sister Carrie, Jennie Gerhardt, and An
American Tragedy. Observes that censorship affected his treatment of
the subject and that an explicit reference to contraceptive devices was
edited out of the original draft of Jennie Gerhardt.
2003.11. Crisp, Constance June. “Revisions Restored:
Textual Restoration in Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie.”
Master’s thesis, Georgia Southern U, 2003.
2003.12. David-Fox, Michael. “The Fellow Travelers
Revisited: The ‘Cultured West’ through Soviet Eyes.” Journal of
Modern History 75.2 (2003): 300–35. Discusses Dreiser’s visit to
the Soviet Union in 1927–28 and his views (as stated in Dreiser Looks
at Russia) examined from several angles: his association of Russia and
the USSR with Asianness and Asiatic stereotypes; his perception of
American economic superiority vis-à-vis Russian backwardness; his “frankly
racial and national condemnation of the Slavic or Russian ‘temperament’”;
his tendency to generalize about the Soviet experiment based on the
particulars of his own experiences as a traveler; etc.
2003.13. Davies, Jude. ‘Gender, Class, and Visibility
in An American Tragedy, the Symbolic Drawings of Hubert Davis, and A
Place in the Sun.” Dreiser Studies 34.1 (2003): 3–34.
2003.14. Denby, David. “The Cost of Desire.” New
Yorker 79.9 (21 & 28 Apr. 2003): 178–84. Review-essay of Library
of America edition of An American Tragedy (A2003.1).
2003.15. Donovan, Nancy McIlvaine. “Susan Smith: An
‘American Tragedy’ Narrative Retold.” Dreiser Studies 34:1
2003.16. Dos Passos, John. Travel Books and Other
Writings 1916–1941. New York: Library of America, 2003. 383, 385.
Contains brief references to Dreiser in “Harlan County Sunset”
(reprint of 1931.29).
2003.17. Dunleavy, Linda. Review of Library of America
edition of An American Tragedy (A2003.1). Dreiser Studies
34.2 (2003): 123–24.
2003.18. Duvall, John Michael. “Processes of
Elimination: Waste and American Fiction at the Turn of the Twentieth
Century.” Ph.D. dissertation, U of Maryland, 2003. DAI 64.6
(2003): 2083A. Examines how questions of waste are examined in naturalist
narratives by Dreiser, Edith Wharton, Frank Norris, and Upton Sinclair and
suggests new ways of engaging with naturalism’s keen interest in
consumable objects and consumable people. “(F)utility and Dinginess:
Wasting and Being Wasted in Wharton’s House of Mirth and Dreiser’s
Sister Carrie” (thesis chapter).
2003.19. Gerber, Philip. “Whither Naturalism?” Twisted
from the Ordinary: Essays on American Literary Naturalism. Ed. Mary E.
Papke. Tennessee Studies in Literature 40. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P,
2003. 367–89. Comments on Dreiser’s central place in the development
of a naturalistic ethos, with particular reference to Sister Carrie.
Discusses how mechanistic theories of existence, particularly Dreiser’s
concept of “chemism,” profoundly influenced his work and how these
theories relate to current developments in biological science.
2003.20. Grauke, Kevin Ross. “Witness to
Self-Destruction: Suicide and Class in Post-Bellum American Realist
Fiction.” Ph.D. dissertation, State U of New York at Buffalo, 2003. DAI
64.8 (2004): 2888A. Examines representations of suicide in Rebecca Harding
Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills, Crane’s Maggie: A Girl of
the Streets, Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, and Wharton’s Ethan
2003.21. Hapke, Laura. “No Green Card Needed:
Dreiserian Naturalism and Proletarian Female Whiteness.” Twisted from
the Ordinary: Essays on American Literary Naturalism. Ed. Mary E.
Papke. Tennessee Studies in Literature 40. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P,
2003.22. Harris, Luther S. Around Washington Square:
An Illustrated History of Greenwich Village. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins
UP, 2003. 197. Mentions, in a section on the Provincetown Players, that
Dreiser’s play The Hand of the Potter bombed, losing money and
alienating the theater company’s supporters.
2003.23. Hart, Jeffrey. “Dreiser in 1925.” The
New Criterion 21.10 (2003): 26–31.
2003.24. Henderson, Clayton W. On the Banks of the
Wabash: The Life and Music of Paul Dresser. Indianapolis: Indiana
Historical Society, 2003. passim.
2003.25. Hoeller, Hildegarde. “Herland and Hisland:
Illness and ‘Health’ in the Writings of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and
Theodore Dreiser.” Dreiser Studies 34.2 (2003): 24–43.
2003.26. Hogue, Bev. “Forgotten Frontier: Literature
of the Old Northwest.” A Companion to the Regional Literatures of
America. Ed. Charles L. Crow. Malden, MA, and Oxford: Blackwell, 2003.
241. “Dreiser exults in the energy of cities like Cleveland and Chicago,
but depicts them as grinding down the wills of weak characters and
strengthening the ruthless; Dreiser may create hidden refuges of pastoral
delight within the heart of this urban wasteland, but the pastoral is
squeezed into insignificance by the city’s irrepressible growth.”
2003.27. Hutchisson, James. “Dreiser Treads the
Boards.” TEXT 15 (2003): 410–18. Review of The Collected
Plays of Theodore Dreiser (AA2000.1).
2003.28. Juras, Uwe. “The ‘Culture of Personality’
and Its Representations in the American Novel: A Transdisciplinary
Analysis Spotlighting the Works of Theodore Dreiser and F. Scott
Fitzgerald.” Ph.D. dissertation, Johannes Gutenberg U, Mainz, Germany,
2003.29. Kazin, Alfred. “Two Evaluations: Edith
Wharton and Theodore Dreiser.” Alfred Kazin’s America: Critical and
Personal Writings. Ed. Ted Solotaroff. New York: HarperCollins, 2003:
65–80. Reprint of 1940.11 and 1942.13.
2003.30. Koeppel, Fredric. “Tragedy Flawed, But Still
Classic.” The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) 25 May 2003: F2.
Review of Library of America edition of An American Tragedy
2003.31. Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City:
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. New York:
Crown, 2003. 305–306, 382. Briefly discusses Dreiser’s trip as a
reporter to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and his
romance with Sara Osborne White.
2003.32. Lears, Jackson. Something for Nothing: Luck
in America. New York: Viking, 2003. 186. Comments on how the
centrality of chance in Sister Carrie shapes human fate.
2003.33. Lee, James Kyung-Jin. “The City as Region.”
A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America. Ed. Charles L.
Crow. Malden, MA, and Oxford: Blackwell, 2003. 139. Briefly discusses how
Dreiser’s “equation inevitable,” “borrowed extensively from
Herbert Spencer’s recalibration of Darwin’s theory of evolution,” is
used in Sister Carrie and relies on a “scientific, zero-sum deus
ex machina: in order for Carrie to rise in wealth and ambition,
Hurstwood must fall.”
2003.34. Levine, Gary Martin. “Populist Naturalism:
The ‘Natural’ Markets and ‘Unnatural’ Jews of Frank Norris,
Theodore Dreiser, and Mark Twain.” The Merchant of Modernism: The
Economic Jew in Anglo-American Literature, 1864–1939. New York:
Routledge, 2003. 67–80. Originally presented as the author’s
2003.35. Lingeman, Richard. “Theodore Dreiser.” American
Rebels. Ed. Jack Newfield. New York: Nation, 2003. 165–71.
2003.36. Loving, Jerome. “Theodore Dreiser, 1871–1945.”
American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies. Retrospective
Supplement II (James Baldwin to Nathanael West). Ed. Jay Parini. New
York: Scribner’s, 2003. 93–110.
2003.37. Madsen, Karine. “A Study of the Narrator’s
Presence in Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie: Voice, Function and
Metaphoric Language.” Master’s thesis, U of Bergen, Bergen, Norway,
2003.38. Marquis, Margaret. “The Female Body, Work,
and Reproduction in Deland, Cather, and Dreiser.” Women’s Studies
32.8 (2003): 979–1000.
2003.39. Meurer, Robin. “Based on a Novel by Theodore
Dreiser: Sister Carrie on the Screen.” Master’s thesis, Graz U,
Graz, Austria, 2003.
2003.40. Neubauer, Gregory M. Review of Theodore
Dreiser’s Uncollected Magazine Articles, 1897–1902 (D2003.3). Dreiser
Studies 34.2 (2003): 114–16.
2003.41. Newlin, Keith, ed. A Theodore Dreiser
Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2003.
2003.42. Nobel, Philip. “Peaceable Kingdom:
Celebrating Craftsmanship and Nature in New York.” Architectural
Digest 60.6 (2003): 224–31, 256. Portrays renovation of Iroki,
Dreiser’s former home and estate in Westchester County, New York, by the
current owners, Michael and Judy Steinhardt.
2003.43. O’Brien, Geoffrey. “His Place in the Sun.”
Bookforum 10.2 (2003): 36. Discusses Dreiser’s style. “To read
Dreiser is to become aware of a flat declamatory tone apparently
unconcerned with niceties of style. He has been described as the kind of
writer who triumphs over his own deficiencies of style, and as a writer
who rummages through his characters’ thoughts with the impatient
thoroughness of a child left alone to explore the contents of an attic.”
2003.44. Pizer, Donald. “Is American Literary
Naturalism Dead? A Further Inquiry.” Twisted from the Ordinary:
Essays on American Literary Naturalism. Ed. Mary E. Papke. Tennessee
Studies in Literature 40. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2003. 390–404.
Compares works by the contemporary naturalist writers Raymond Carver, Paul
Auster, and Don DeLillo to Sister Carrie, Dreiser’s story “The
Second Choice,” and two of his sketches, “The Loneliness of the City”
(C05-10) and “The Man on the Sidewalk” (C09-13).
2003.45. Pritchard, William H. “Theodore Dreiser’s
Behemoth: Reissuing Novel That Once Was a Bestseller.” Washington
Times 9 Mar. 2003: B8. Review of Library of America edition of An
American Tragedy (A2003.1).
2003.46. Puente, David Loren. “Education in Irony:
United States ‘Literacy Crisis’ and the Literature of American Bildung.”
Ph.D. dissertation, U of California, Irvine, 2003. DAI 63.11
(2003): 359A. Traces historical shifts in the way educational development,
intellectual ability, and pedagogic work were imagined by Americans
between the Civil War and World War I, focusing on works by Henry James,
Dreiser, James Weldon Johnson, and Willa Cather. “Naturalist Bildung:
Genius and Stupidity in Sister Carrie” (thesis chapter).
2003.47. Rasmussen, R. Kent, and R. Baird Shuman, eds. Cyclopedia
of Literary Places. 3 vols. Pasadena, CA: Salem P, 2003. I: 42–43,
155–56, 408, 439–40; II: 591–92; III: 1070–71, 1163–64. Contains
entries on An American Tragedy, The Bulwark, The
Financier, The “Genius,” Jennie Gerhardt, Sister Carrie,
and The Titan.
2003.48. Review of Library of America edition of An
American Tragedy (A2003.1). Kirkus Reviews 71.2 (2003): 113.
2003.49. Rogers, Michael. Review of Library of America
edition of An American Tragedy (A2003.1). Library Journal
128.4 (1 March 2003): 124.
2003.50. Rompalske, Dorothy. “The Deadly Affair of
Grace Brown and Chester Gillette.” Biography Oct. 2003: 20–21.
2003.51. Ryan, James Emmett. “Imaginary Friends:
Representing Quakers in Early American Fiction.” Studies in American
Fiction 31.2 (2003): 191–220. Discusses Dreiser’s The Bulwark,
which “stands near the conclusion of a long tradition of using Quakers
as exemplary figures in American fiction.”
2003.52. See, Mandy. “ ‘It Was Written That We
Meet’: The Collaborative Friendship of Theodore Dreiser and George
Douglas.” Dreiser Studies 34.1 (2003): 35–57.
2003.53. “Short Story E No. 193.” Moscow News
5 Feb. 2003: 9. Reprints Robert Benchley’s spoof (1927.4) of An
American Tragedy in both the original English and Russian translation,
followed by comments (in English) on Dreiser’s style based on an excerpt
from the opening chapter of An American Tragedy: “if Dreiser's
style was massively clumsy and his diction often trite, he understood
supremely well the psychology of the outsider in the rising American
cities, his loneliness, his distress, and the cost exacted of him for the
realization of his dreams.”
2003.54. Smith, Roger W. “A Dreiser Checklist, 1998–1999.”
Dreiser Studies 34.2 (2003): 57–70.
2003.55. ———. “Overlooked Items in Previous
Dreiser Checklists.” Dreiser Studies 34.2 (2003): 71–104.
2003.56. ———. “Review Essay: Dreiser on the
Web.” Dreiser Studies, 34.1 (2003): 66–91.
2003.57. Van Vechten, Carl. The Splendid Drunken
Twenties: Selections from the Daybooks, 1922–1930. Ed. Bruce Kellner.
Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2003. 21–22, 37, 49, 54, 79, 116, 122, 157,
203, 233, 306.
2003.58. Vogt, Melissa. “Theodore Dreiser Honored as
Journalist.” Tribune Star (Terre Haute, IN) 13 April 2003. Notes
Dreiser’s induction into Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.
2003.59. Volkova, Olga. “A Socialist Realist
Perspective on Sister Carrie.” Dreiser Studies 34.2
2003.60. Yardley, Jonathan. “A Sprawling Tale of
Errant Ambition Makes for a Dubious Entry in the Library of America.”
Review of Library of America edition of An American Tragedy
(A2003.1). Washington Post Book World. 9 March 2003: T02.
2003.61. Zayani, Mohamed. “From Determinism to
Indeterminacy: Chaos Theory, Systems Theory, and the Discourse of
Naturalism.” Twisted from the Ordinary: Essays on American Literary
Naturalism. Ed. Mary E. Papke. Tennessee Studies in Literature 40.
Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2003. 344–66. Argues that The Financier
and Sister Carrie resist conventional one-dimensional deterministic