from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Dreiser, Theodore Herman Albert 1871-1945. American writer and editor whose naturalistic novels, such as Sister Carrie (1900) and An American Tragedy (1925), portray life as a struggle against ungovernable forces.

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  • n. United States novelist (1871-1945)


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  • But Dreiser is a good example of a writer whose instincts for fiction to some extent subverted his more schematic intentions.

    Realism in Fiction

  • In what little we learned of the movements of Theodore Kaczynski before and during the seventeen years of bombings that killed three people and injured twenty-nine and led to the charges on which he will be sentenced in May, there seemed something obstinately, if not recently, familiar, arresting details of place and class and fractured expectations in a curiously earlier American mold, the sketchy outline of a kind of Dreiser character.

    Varieties of Madness

  • You take a serious tone and cover it like it's some Theodore Dreiser tragedy, and you get savaged for doing a sympathetic portrayal of just another one of those overpaid, under-talented, pampered children of Hollywood thespians, who grow up to be two-bit hacks with a sense of entitlement, a substance abuse problem, and a mean streak.

    Charlie Sheen comic book in the works. Naturally.

  • Win or lose, Sinclair's End Poverty in California movement was, in the words of Theodore Dreiser, "the most impressive political phenomenon that America has yet produced."

    Greg Mitchell: Final Dispatch on Upton Sinclair's Wild 1934 Campaign -- and Why it Was One of Most Influential Ever

  • More gratifying was "Zawinul Mambo," Valdés's flinty homage to composer Josef Zawinul, on which drummer Juan Carlos Rojas Castro and percussionists Yaroldy Abreu Robles and Dreiser Durruthy Bambolé pounded out a percussive showdown.

    From Chuco Valdés mixes Cuban and American jazzy idioms at the Warner Theatre

  • Many things mark the tradition of realism—one that includes among its masters Honoré de Balzac, Émile Zola, Theodore Dreiser and John Dos Passos—but it is distinguished above all by illustrating the pressure that social arrangements bring to bear on individual character.

    Destiny's Children

  • Theodore Dreiser, writing in Esquire, called it "the most impressive political phenomenon America has yet produced."

    Greg Mitchell: When A Famous Author Ran for Office -- And Politics Changed Forever

  • Ecuador for a couple of months looking for books, and I read a whole bunch of books there from Dreiser to The Amazing Adventures of

    Music and Lyrics

  • As Theodore Dreiser observed in 1917 "Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail."

    Brendan Smith: Calling All Artists: The Climate Movement Needs You

  • After reading naturalist authors such as Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and Stephen Crane, I read Martin Eden and The Sea-Wolf and was struck by the ways in which those novels, though prompted by very different experiences, reflected the themes of their works.

    Interview With Donna Campbell


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