“Dreiser, Daughter in Crash”
The Daily Press, White Plains, NY
August 18, 1932
This news story (first PDF file, above) is full of inaccuracies which were fed to a reporter by Dreiser.
“Miss Dreiser,” the author’s “daughter,” was Dreiser’s mistress — later to become his second wife — Helen Richardson (1894-1955).
The driver, Clara L. Clark (1909- 2005), who was born in Philadelphia to a Quaker family, was a graduate of Wheaton College. After reading two Dreiser works, she contacted Dreiser by letter, and became his secretary and mistress. She later married William Jaeger , a campaigner for the Moral Rearmament Association, and, under her married name, published Philadelphia Rebel: The Education of a Bourgeoise, in which her seduction by and relationship with Dreiser are discussed.
Dreiser was a bad driver. He usually had his mistress Helen drive. An earlier automobile accident of Dreiser’s (mentioned in the Daily Press article) was reported on in the New York Herald Tribune. A second PDF (posted above) contains that news item.
— posted by Roger W. Smith