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Jennie herself is a successful creation precisely as Carrie is not, and mainly
because she is seen as almost entirely non- intellectual; she possesses, in
Dreiser's words, 'a largeness of feeling not altogether squared with intellect'; and
Something in Dreiser's imagination responded to the spectacle of finance-
capitalism at its most ruthless, the more so, no doubt, because it seemed to him to
represent the working of the natural law. The result was the most impressive
novel he ...
Clyde Griffiths is everything a tragic hero is not, and Dreiser meant him to be. Yet
Dreiser's pity for him is at once so vast and so deep that this is not how we react
towards Clyde while we are reading the novel. Dreiser does not sentimentalize ...
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As with the predecessor, 'Tradition and Dream' is just a great piece of literary history. But it's better than the earlier history (which dealt with English fiction until about 1914) for a few reasons ... Read full review
The Southern Novel Between the Wars
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