Jennie Gerhardt: A Novel

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One morning, in the fall of 1880, a middle-aged woman, accompanied by a young girl of eighteen, presented herself at the clerk's desk of the principal hotel in Columbus, Ohio, and made inquiry as to whether there was anything about the place that she could do. She was of a helpless, fleshy build, with a frank, open countenance and an innocent, diffident manner. Her eyes were large and patient, and in them dwelt such a shadow of distress as only those who have looked sympathetically into the countenances of the ...
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One morning, in the fall of 1880, a middle-aged woman, accompanied by a young girl of eighteen, presented herself at the clerk's desk of the principal hotel in Columbus, Ohio, and made inquiry as to whether there was anything about the place that she could do. She was of a helpless, fleshy build, with a frank, open countenance and an innocent, diffident manner. Her eyes were large and patient, and in them dwelt such a shadow of distress as only those who have looked sympathetically into the countenances of the distraught and helpless poor know anything about. Any one could see where the daughter behind her got the timidity and shamefacedness which now caused her to stand back and look indifferently away. She was a product of the fancy, the feeling, the innate affection of the untutored but poetic mind of her mother combined with the gravity and poise which were characteristic of her father. Poverty was driving them. Together they presented so appealing a picture of honest necessity that even the clerk was affected.
"What is it you would like to do?" he said.
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Dreiser's second novel as published by Harper and Brothers in 1911 was substantially cut and edited to modify its subject matter and moral stance, changing it from a blunt work of social realism to a love story merely set against a social background. Editor West has restored the guts to the work in this unexpurgated version. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781502858115
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/18/2014
  • Pages: 122
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. W. West III is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Penn State University. He is the author of many books, including American Authors and the Literary Marketplace since 1900, an expansion of his 1983 Rosenbach Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania, and The Making of This Side of Paradise, both available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. His most recent books are William Styron, a Life (1998) and The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King (2005).

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Jennie Gerhardt 1
Historical Commentary 419
The Composition and Publication of Jennie Gerhardt 421
Map 461
Illustrations 462
Historical Notes 471
Textual Commentary 483
Editorial Principles 485
Cruxes 490
Subsequent Textual History 494
The Two Editions 495
Textual Apparatus 497
Textual Tables 499
1 Readings Adopted from the 1911 Edition 499
2 Editorial Emendations 538
Textual Notes 557
3 First Printing ] Barrett Carbon TS 559
Lester Kane's Deathbed Scene: Alternate Version 573
Coda to the 1911 Text 574
Word Division 576
Pedigree of Editions 578
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    Excellent read for all

    This is a classic work of art by a master. Contemporary novels cannot hold a match to this. The characters jump out at you. The reader can't help but empathize with Jennie, her mother, father and Lester. It is true life. Don't miss it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2002

    A Book About the Life of a Woman's Hard Luck

    This is a wonderful book about the hardships of life and what social standings mean to a high class family. Read this book and you will know what I mean by a fabulous book!

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