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Theodore "Theo" Dreiser
Original name: Herman Theodore Dreiser
Birth: Aug. 27, 1871
Terre Haute
Vigo County
Indiana, USA
Death: Dec. 28, 1945
Hollywood
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Writer. He was ninth child of German immigrants. While he was a child he experienced poverty and at the age of fifteen was forced to leave home in search of work. After attending Indiana University, he found work as a reporter on the Chicago Globe. Later he worked for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, the St. Louis Republic and Pittsburgh Dispatch, before moving to New York where he attempted to establish himself as a writer. Frank Norris, helped Dreiser's first novel, "Sister Carrie" (1900) to be published. However, the owners disapproved of the novel's subject matter (the moral corruption of the heroine, Carrie Meeber) and it was not promoted and therefore sold badly. His second novel, "Jennie Gerhardt" was not published until 1911. With the support of the literary critic, Floyd Dell, "Sister Carrie" was republished in 1912. This was followed by two novels "The Financier" (1912) and "The Titan" (1914) about Frank Cowperwood, a power-hungry business tycoon. "The Genius" was published in 1915 but it was another ten years before Dreiser greatest novel "An American Tragedy" (1925) appeared. The book was based on the Chester Gillette and Grace Brown murder case that had taken place in 1906. He wrote several non-fiction books on political issues like "Dreiser Looks at Russia" (1928), "Tragic America" (1931) and "America is Worth Saving" (1941). Theodore Dreiser joined the American Communist Party just before he died. (bio by: Jelena) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Paul Dreiser (1821 - 1900)
  Sarah Maria Schnepp Dreiser (1833 - 1890)
 
 Spouses:
  Helen Richardson Dreiser (1894 - 1955)
  Sara Osborne 'Jug' White Dreiser (1879 - 1941)*
 
 Siblings:
  Paul Dresser (1857 - 1906)*
  Mark Roman 'Rome' Dreiser (1860 - 1940)*
  Mary Frances 'Mame' Dreiser Brennan (1861 - 1944)*
  Emma Wilhelmina Dreiser Nelson (1863 - 1936)*
  Mary 'Theresa' Dreiser Davis (1864 - 1897)*
  Cecilia 'Sylvia' Dreiser Kishima (1864 - 1945)*
  Alphons Joachim 'Al' Dreiser (1867 - 1932)*
  Claire Clotilde 'Tillie' Dreiser Gormley (1868 - 1918)*
  Theodore Dreiser (1871 - 1945)
  Edward Minerod 'Ed' Dreiser (1873 - 1958)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Whispering Pines section, at the top of the hill
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Theodore Theo Dreiser
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