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Book Title: Fulfilment and Other Tales of Women and Men|
The author of the book: Theodore Dreiser
Edition: Black Sparrow Press
Date of issue: December 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9780876858813
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Sherwood Anderson, commenting on Dreiser's short stories, said that "if there is a modern movement in American prose writing, a movement toward greater courage and fidelity to life, then Theodore Dreiser is the pioneer and the hero of that movement." For this collection, noted Dreiser scholar T. D. Nostwich has chosen the thirteen tales that he considers Dreiser's best. If a common theme unites these stories, says Nostwich, it is that "all the characters share an intense hunger for life and for the fulfilment of the promises, however humble, that life seems to hold out."
Seems is the telling word here, for in the fiction of Dreiser, "promises are in most cases mere illusions, circumstances are greater than personalities, and the impotence of human wishes is the tragedy of everyday life." These stories were originally published between 1918 and 1934. Twelve are drawn from Dreiser's collections Free (1918), Twelve Men (1919), Chains (1927), and A Gallery of Women (1929). The remaining story, "Mathewson," was published in Esquire in 1934 and is reprinted here for the first time. All have been scrupulously edited by Professor Nostwich, and some are supplemented by previously unpublished passages drawn from the original typescripts in the Dreiser Collection of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Read information about the authorTheodore Herman Albert Dreiser was an American novelist and journalist. He pioneered the naturalist school and is known for portraying characters whose value lies not in their moral code, but in their persistence against all obstacles, and literary situations that more closely resemble studies of nature than tales of choice and agency.
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