Swanbert, W. A. Dreiser
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1965 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good+ dust jacket
Spine a little slanted, corners bumped, a little edge wear. Jacket shows some edge wear and chipping, rubbing, and a couple small tears, crease along the edge of front flap. A nice copy.
"This is the first comprehensive biography of a man of genius, a major figure in American literature, who was also an outrageous, magnetic and foolish human being. Born in 1871, Theodore Dreiser 'was reared in superstition, fanaticism, ignorance, poverty and humiliation.' The dreadful early years, lightened by the ebullience and success of brother Paul (composer of "On the Banks of the Wabash"), produced a shy, bumbling, dreamy boy with a muddled determination that took him to Chicago and his first contact with ideas; to newspaper work in St. Louis; and then to New York. There he became an extremely successful commercial magazine editor for the Butterick publictions.
Dreiser's lifelong warfare with publishers began with the painful history of 'Sister Carrie'. And something much more important began then . . . it was his battle with prudery and censorship. In his bullheaded, ungainly way Dreiser was the pioneer who made the crucial break with the genteel tradition. . . "; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall