Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser was an American novelist and journalist of the naturalist school. He is known for pioneering novels that depict the harsh realities of life in the United States at the turn of the 20th century. His notable works include 'Sister Carrie' and 'An American Tragedy,' which explore themes of social inequality, materialism, and moral ambiguity. Dreiser's writing style is characterized by its detailed realism and exploration of the inner lives of his characters.


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  1. 1. An American Tragedy

    This classic novel explores the dark side of the American Dream through the story of a young man who, despite his humble beginnings, aspires to climb the social ladder. He becomes involved with two women, one wealthy and one from a working-class background. His ambition and desire for status lead him to commit a crime that ultimately results in his downfall. The novel is a stark examination of the destructive power of unchecked ambition and the moral compromises people are willing to make in pursuit of wealth and status.

  2. 2. Sister Carrie

    The novel follows a young country girl who moves to the big city where she starts realizing her own American Dream by first becoming a mistress to men she perceives as superior and later as a famous actress. It is a portrayal of the realities of the modern city and the complexities of the modern world, illustrating the influence of consumer culture on the individual. Despite her moral decline, the protagonist's rise to fame seems to defy the conventional social norms and moral values, making the novel a notable instance of naturalist literature.