Notes on Life

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"It has long been known that Dreiser devoted much effort during the final two decades of his lfe to the preparation of a major philosophical work which remained unfinished at his death....The best evidence of Dreiser's later thought would appear to be [t]his treatise, and it is appropriate that Marguerite Tjader and John J. McAleer--the two Dreiserians most sympathetic to the mystical religiosity of the later Dreiser--should make it available in published form." --American ...

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Overview

"It has long been known that Dreiser devoted much effort during the final two decades of his lfe to the preparation of a major philosophical work which remained unfinished at his death....The best evidence of Dreiser's later thought would appear to be [t]his treatise, and it is appropriate that Marguerite Tjader and John J. McAleer--the two Dreiserians most sympathetic to the mystical religiosity of the later Dreiser--should make it available in published form." --American Literary Realism

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"An indispensable book for those who would relate Dreiser's philosophy to his fiction."  —Antioch Review

"It should be stated at once that Notes on Life is an essential book. --Dreiser Newsletter

"His mind was predominantly attracted by the chemical changes and mutations of the elements. It was not only that such chemical phenomena fascinated him. They haunted him. They obsessed him. They were a mania with him. He was always seeing humanity in relation to the mysterious movements and transformations of the various atomic and electric events and occasions and energies and impressions, apprehended by our senses and worked over by our conscious minds, we accept as the palpable shapes and textures of the visible world. For Dreiser the psychic and the physical world were never divided. He was always seeing mountains as men and men as atoms, and men and mountains and atoms as transitory bubbles in an unfathomable flood of Being, of which there was neither beginning nor end, and where reality was always turning into illusion and illusion into reality." --from John Cowper Powys' Introduction to Notes on Life
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817350239
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore Dreiser,  (1871—1945), is one of the preeminent American novelists of the early twentieth century. His two best-known novels, Sister Carrie (1900) and An American Tragedy (1925) were ranked 33rd and 16th (respectively) on the Modern Library's 1998 list of the Best English-Language Novels of the 20th Century. Dreiser was also a prolific non-fiction writer, including his Notes on Life, which was published posthumously.

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