POLITICAL NOTES: Prophet of Misery

Author Theodore Dreiser (Sister Carrie, An American Tragedy, A Gallery of Women) returned to Manhattan from a tour of the U. S., declared to surprised newsmen: "All newspaper interviews are stupid. ... I will bet you $10 that you cannot get into your paper the things that I am going to say."

Excerpts from the subsequent interview: "Since modern business . . . has made American citizens into trudging asses, there is no great contemporary American literature. The constitutional government of America is abdicated. America is controlled by trusts. . . ....

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