THE BEST SHORT STORIES OF THEODORE DREISER (349 pp.)Edited with an
introduction by Howard FastWorld ($2.75).
No U.S. writer has ever gone so far with so little talent as
Indiana-born Theodore Dreiser. His famous novels (Sister Carrie, An
American Tragedy) laid bare the seamy side of life with a bumbling
crudity and literary formlessness that often alienated critics and
readers alike. But he had the sincerity of a dedicated social worker
and the naive, sentimental garrulousness of a kindly, troubled country
neighbor. They brought him an audience and a place in U.S. literary history....
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