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The Titan by Theodore Dreiser (review)

The Titan by Theodore Dreiser (review) Reviews 251 Th e Titan, by Th eodore Dreiser. Edited by Roark Mulligan. Winchester: Winchester University Press, 2016. xvii + 628 pp. Paper, 40.00. james m. hutchisson “Sister Carrie all over again . . .”: so wrote Th eodore Dreiser to his friend the critic Albert Mordell on 6 March 1914 upon learning that, despite having signed a contract for his new novel, Th e Titan, with Harper and Brothers, the venerable fi rm was pulling the plug on its publication after printing 10,000 copies (Pizer 57). As is well known, Dreiser had suff ered a similar embarrassment in 1900 when Frank Doubleday, of Doubleday, Page, and Company, blanching at the bold realism and frank treatment of then- taboo matters, such as sex and religion, eff ectively suppressed the publication of Dreiser’s fi rst novel and sent the author into a tailspin of depression from which it took him some time to recover and start writing again. Fourteen years did, however, make a diff erence. In 1900 Dreiser was a mostly un- known author with no literary leverage; in 1914, he was a respected writer, critic, editor, and observer of the American scene who had just had a cred- itable success with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Naturalism uni_neb

The Titan by Theodore Dreiser (review)

Studies in American Naturalism , Volume 12 (2) – Mar 16, 2018

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University of Nebraska Press
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Reviews 251 Th e Titan, by Th eodore Dreiser. Edited by Roark Mulligan. Winchester: Winchester University Press, 2016. xvii + 628 pp. Paper, 40.00. james m. hutchisson “Sister Carrie all over again . . .”: so wrote Th eodore Dreiser to his friend the critic Albert Mordell on 6 March 1914 upon learning that, despite having signed a contract for his new novel, Th e Titan, with Harper and Brothers, the venerable fi rm was pulling the plug on its publication after printing 10,000 copies (Pizer 57). As is well known, Dreiser had suff ered a similar embarrassment in 1900 when Frank Doubleday, of Doubleday, Page, and Company, blanching at the bold realism and frank treatment of then- taboo matters, such as sex and religion, eff ectively suppressed the publication of Dreiser’s fi rst novel and sent the author into a tailspin of depression from which it took him some time to recover and start writing again. Fourteen years did, however, make a diff erence. In 1900 Dreiser was a mostly un- known author with no literary leverage; in 1914, he was a respected writer, critic, editor, and observer of the American scene who had just had a cred- itable success with

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Published: Mar 16, 2018

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