Books: The Left Bank of the Wabash

THE BEST SHORT STORIES OF THEODORE DREISER (349 pp.)—World ($3).

Theodore Dreiser wrote like a man with a toothache, and his work has all the painful sincerity of a groan. Few American writers of the first rank are in such a condition of neglect by literary fashion, and no other American writer of the first rank is known to have joined the Communist Party. These facts are related, though not directly.

Toward the end of his life (he died in 1945), Dreiser often seemed far gone in alcohol, and he spoke about Russia with an undergraduate's...

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