“Revealing Dreiser’s 10-Year Love Secret!”: “Mrs.” (read mistress) Helen Dreiser, Marie Pergain, etc.

    ‘Revealing Dreiser’s 10-Year Love Secret’ – Detroit Free Press 4-4-1937     Laura Lou Brookman “Revealing Dreiser’s 10-Year Love Secret!” Detroit Free Press Sunday, April 4, 1937   See typescript (prepared by Roger W. Smith) below. The article is full of inaccuracies.   — Roger W. Smith     *****************************************************     Revealing […]

Roger W. Smith, “Theodore Dreiser, Ervin Nyiregyházi, Helen Richardson, and Marie Pergain”

      ‘Dreiser, Nyiregyhazi, Helen Richardson, and Marie Pergain     See downloadable Word document, which contains the complete text of this post, above.     ****************************************************     Abstract:   Hungarian pianist Ervin Nyiregyházi, a child prodigy, emigrated to the United States in 1920. In 1927, Theodore Dreiser and his mistress Helen Richardson […]

photos of Dreiser’s lover Marie Pergain

    In the infamous and widely publicized “toothpick incident,” Theodore Dreiser and Marie Pergain were indicted on a charge of adultery for spending the night of Friday, November 6, 1931 together in a hotel room in Pineville, Kentucky. They had traveled to Kentucky together, Dreiser to chair hearings of the so-called Dreiser Committee into […]

Lester Cohen, “Theodore Dreiser: A Personal Memoir”

      Lester Cohen, ‘Theodore Dreiser; A Personal Memoir’   lester-cohen-theodore-dreiser-a-personal-memoir     Posted here is the complete text of an article by Lester Cohen: “Theodore Dreiser: A Personal Memoir,” Discovery no. 4 (1954), pp. 99-126. It is an excellent source of biographical/anecdotal information, and Cohen writes perceptively and with insight about Dreiser the […]

could Dreiser ever truly love anyone?

    The answer is NO.   *****************************************************   Roger W. Smith, email to Thomas P. Riggio, November 4, 2016   Dreiser (who was not a good husband and never became a parent) was incapable of really, truly loving another person in his adulthood and never did. (See Harry Stack Sullivan’s oft quoted definition of […]

Herndon J. Evans, “The Truth about the Dreiser Case” (Pineville, KY, 1931)

      THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DREISER CASE   When they first alighted from the smoky little train at the Pineville depot few people noticed a tall, slender blond who seemed to be swallowed up in the crowd and hurried to the hotel. Eyes were focused on the author of “An American Tragedy” – […]

Dreiser bibliography, 2007

    Abbott, Karen. Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul. New York: Random House, 2007. Passim.  Bazzana, Kevin. Lost Genius: The Story of a Forgotten Musical Maverick. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2007. Passim. A biography of pianist Ervin Nyiregyházi which includes information about romantic entanglements that included […]


    This site is devoted to the American writer Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945). Hopefully, it will be of interest both to scholars and to readers with a general interest in the works of Dreiser. The site has been developed as a successor to the web site Dreiser Online, which was begun by Roger W. Smith […]