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  • ISBN: 9780252026256
  • ISBN10: 025202625X

Art, Music, and Literature, 1897-1902

by Theodore Dreiser

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/2001
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Before coming to national attention for his novel Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser worked for nearly a decade as a magazine editor and freelance writer. In this volume, liberally seasoned with period illustrations, Yoshinobu Hakutani has collected and annotated a rich selection of Dreiser's early writings on the cultural milieu of his day.

In these brief essays, Dreiser sallies into the vibrant world of creative work in turn-of-the-century America. He inspects the eccentric and revealing paraphernalia of artists' studios, probes the work habits of writers, and goes behind the scenes in the popular song-writing business, where this week's celebrity is next week's has-been. He profiles famous figures such as Alfred Stieglitz and William Dean Howells and introduces numerous women artists, novelists, and musicians, including the prolific and tireless Amelia Barr (mother of fourteen children and author of thirty-two novels), the illustrator Alice B. Stephens, and the opera singer Lillian Nordica.

Bubbling up through Dreiser's observations and reflections are a keen curiosity about the creative process and a passion for identifying the peculiarly American spirit reflected in the young nation's artists and their work. Hakutani's notes provide biographical detail on dozens of now-obscure individuals mentioned by Dreiser.

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