American writer Theodore Dreiser.

Theodore Dreiser

(1871 - 1945)

After various marital and familial hardships, as well as the poor sales of his first novel, Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser fell into a suicidal depression and went to a sanitarium in 1901. He then worked for the next nine years as an editor of women’s magazines, publishing his second novel, Jennie Gerhardt, in 1911. H.L. Mencken once wrote that Dreiser’s life and work would itself “make a novel in Dreiser’s best manner—a novel without the slightest hint of a moral.”

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