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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: August 27, 1871 in Terre Haute, Indiana


Illinois Connection

Dreiser began his career as a journalist in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Theodore Dreiser is considered to be the foremost novelist in the American naturalism movement. He wrote one of the great Chicago novels, ''Sister Carrie'' in 1900. His other Chicago fiction, ''The Financier'' (1912) and ''The Titan'' (1914), are both based on the career of Charles T. Yerkes, who built the Chicago railway system. Dresier's autobiographical writings also are interesting for their treatment of turn-of-the-century Chicago, especially ''A Book About Myself'' in 1922.

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Titles At Your Library


-- *Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2011

-- *In 1990, his name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.