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Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)

Theodore Dreiser.

Three Perspectives on the Men in the Street: Texts of William Dean Howells's "The Midnight Platoon," Stephen Crane's "An Experiment in Misery," and Theodore Dreiser's "Curious Shifts of the Poor" from Sister Carrie.
Hypertext of Chapter 1 of Sister Carrie by Ashley Miller, English 462 (Works best in Internet Explorer)

Research Collections
The Sister Carrie Website at the University of Pennsylvania contains the text of the novel, facsimiles of the typescript, and essays on the work by distinguished Dreiser scholars. The general page for the DreiserWebSource at this site includes photographs and a short movie (in color) of Dreiser at Iroki. It also includes essays on and lists of books in Dreiser's library.
Extensive list of research collections from Dreiser Studies
Dreiser papers at the Indiana Historical Society (New URL)
Dreiser papers at the University of Pennsylvania
A Guide to the Theodore Dreiser Collectionat the University of Virginia (New URL)
Dreiser Collection at Cornell
James D. Mooney papers at Georgetown
The "Three Cities" project contains multimedia essays on Chicago and New York from 1870-1930; it uses Sister Carrie in several essay segments.
The Theodore Dreiser segment of C-SPAN's American writers series aired on 20 and 24 August 2001. 
Dreiser Online contains recent bibliographies (since 1990), genealogies, a chronology of works, a brief biographical sketch, and a Dreiser chronology.

On An American Tragedy

The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York includes information on the real-life Chester Gillette (Clyde Griffith in the book) murder case that inspired An American Tragedy, including a webcast lecture on the case and trial transcripts. The first 450 pages or so of the transcript focus on selecting jurors, etc.; the statement of the case concerning Grace "Billy" Brown (the Roberta Alden figure) begins in Vol. 1, p. 481. These can be compared with Dreiser's treatment of the case in An American Tragedy.

The site also includes page images of Dreiser's suit against Paramount concerning the 1931 film adaptation of the novel.


Bibliography from Paul Reuben's Perspectives on American Literature site
Biographical sketch at the University of Pennsylvania
International Theodore Dreiser Society (image courtesy of this site)
Murder in the Adirondacks. This site by Craig Brandon, author of Murder in the Adirondacks, provides a detailed summary of the Chester Gillette case that inspired An American Tragedy.
Information on teaching "Typhoon" by Dreiser editors and scholars James M. Hutchisson and James L. W. West III. (Georgetown-Heath anthology site).
Randall Bourne, The Art of Theodore Dreiser (1917)
Student study guide on An American Tragedy. Anonymous review of The Financier

Works Available Online 

Sister Carrie (1900) (Online books page at U Penn)
Sister Carrie (1900) (HTML from the Crossroads site at the University of Virginia)
The Financier (1912; text from Project Gutenberg)
Jennie Gerhardt (1911; text from Project Gutenberg Australia)
The Titan (1914; Project Gutenberg)
Twelve Men (1919; biographical sketches and stories, Project Gutenberg)
"Whence the Song" from The Color of a Great City (New York: Boni & Liveright, 1923)
"The Mighty Burke" (1911) at the U of Virginia
"Ida Hauchawout" (1923) at the U of Virginia
Chapter 14 ("The Church and Wealth in America) from Tragic America

An American Tragedy (1925; text in Australia; NO US ACCESS)

If you've ever wondered just how bad Dora Thorne is (according to Ames in Sister Carrie), it's available at

Comments to D. Campbell.