Art, Music, and Literature, 1897-1902

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Dreiser's captivating portraits of turn-of-the-century America's famous figures

Before coming to national attention for his novel Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser worked for nearly a decade as a magazine editor and freelance writer. Now in paperback, Art, Music, and Literature, 1897-1902 collects a rich selection of Dreiser's brief, colorful articles and interviews with American artists, musicians, and writers during this period. His profiles and interviews include such notables as Alfred Stieglitz, William Dean Howells, and legendary impresario Major James Burton Pond, as well as numerous women artists, novelists, and musicians. The volume is liberally seasoned with period illustrations reproduced from the original publications, and Yoshinobu Hakutani's notes provide biographical details about Dreiser's various subjects.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Reprints thirty-three of Dreiser's articles [and] amounts to an informal survey of American arts and popular culture at the turn of the 20th century. . . . A particular strength of the collection is the material that reveals Dreiser's interest in talented women."
Before he came to national attention for his 1900 novel , Dreiser worked as a magazine editor and freelance writer. This volume comprises 33 of Dreiser's interviews and essays, most of which have not been republished since they first appeared in print. The pieces look into many corners of the American arts scene as the Modernist era began cranking up at the turn of the last century. In making observations on the work of writers, artists, musicians, and arts organizations, Dreiser shows a keen curiosity about the creative process and an eye for the peculiarly American spirit reflected in his subjects' work. Includes reproductions of photographs and drawings that originally accompanied the articles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252073984
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Yoshinobu Hakutani is professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at Kent State University. He is the author or editor of many books, including Cross-Cultural Visions in African American Modernism, Theodore Dreiser's Uncollected Magazine Articles, Theodore Dreiser and American Culture, Selected Magazine Articles of Theodore Dreiser, and Young Dreiser.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Art and Artists
A High Priestess of Art: Alice B. Stephens 3
Work of Mrs. Kenyon Cox 8
Art Work of Irving R. Wiles 12
The American Water-Color Society 16
A Painter of Travels: Gilbert Gaul 20
Artists' Studios: Hints Concerning the Aim of All Decoration 29
America's Sculptors 40
A Painter of Cats and Dogs: John Henry Dolph 49
Karl Bitter, Sculptor 58
E. Percy Moran and His Work 63
America's Greatest Portrait Painters 67
Concerning Bruce Crane 76
The Camera Club of New York 80
Lawrence E. Earle 93
The Color of To-Day: William Louis Sonntag 98
A Remarkable Art: Alfred Steiglitz 112
Pt. 2 The World of Music
Our Women Violinists 125
Birth and Growth of a Popular Song 130
His Life Given Up to Music: Theodore Thomas 135
American Women Who Play the Harp 144
American Women Violinists 154
American Women Who Are Winning Fame as Pianists 161
The Story of a Song-Queen's Triumph: Lillian Nordica 168
Whence the Song 183
Pt. 3 Literary Heritage
Historic Tarrytown: Washington Irving 201
Anthony Hope Tells a Secret 210
How He Climbed Fame's Ladder: William Dean Howells 217
Haunts of Nathaniel Hawthorne 228
Literary Lions I Have Met 240
Amelia E. Barr and Her Home Life 251
The Home of William Cullen Bryant 260
American Women as Successful Playwrights 270
John Burroughs in His Mountain Hut 278
App Dreiser's Magazine Articles, 1897-1902 285
Index 291
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