Most of the photographs of persons posted here are from the University of Pennsylvania’s Theodore Dreiser Papers through the university’s Dreiser Web Source (Rare Book and Manuscript Library Collections) and are used with the permission of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania.

The unique photograph of Dreiser’s niece Gertrude Amelia Hopkins (1894-1973) was given to Roger W. Smith by Mrs. Gloria Vevante, the granddaughter of Dreiser’s sister Emma Dreiser Nelson (Gertude’s mother).


— Roger W. Smith









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“As we boarded the bus … I noticed a man who seemed familiar.” (William Everson, an encounter with Theodore Dreiser)

      William Everson An Encounter with Theodore Dreiser Brick: A Literary Journal Number 93 summer 2014 pp. 36-37   It was on my first furlough, the furlough of 1943. [Jim] Harmon and I got leave to go down to San Francisco. We took the coast stage south to Marshfield where we had to […]

a scholarly rip-off; the real identity of Theodore Dreiser’s chaplain

      Chapter XLV of Theodore Dreiser’s first novel, Sister Carrie, is entitled “Curious Shifts of the Poor.” In this famous chapter, which has echoes of Stephen Crane, George Hurstwood — out of work, physically ill and desperate — is reduced to living in Broadway flophouses and to begging. One afternoon, he goes to […]

photos of Theodore Dreiser and relatives

    Posted here (see below) are photos and portraits of Theodore Dreiser as well as numerous photos of Dreiser’s relatives and acquaintances. There is some overlap with photos which I have already posted on this site. See   Notable among the persons included in these photos, besides Dreiser, are the following: Esther […]

photo of Theodore Dreiser?

Above are two photographs which, after some thought, I believe are of Theodore Dreiser. As far as I know, they are unique and have not been published or posted before. One Dreiser scholar whom I have already consulted feels certain that it is not Theodore Dreiser who is shown here. The scholar replied as follows […]

newspaper illustrations of the Chester Gillette trial

    Chester Gillette (1883-1908) was the prototype of the character Clyde Griffiths in Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy. Grace Brown (1886-1906), Chester Gillette’s murder victim, was the prototype for the character Roberta Alden in the novel. The murder occurred on July 11, 1906 on Big Moose Lake in Herkimer County in the Adirondack […]

Yvette Szekely Eastman obituary

      “Yvette Eastman, 101, Photographer, Longtime Aquinnah Summer Resident” by Phyllis Meras Vineyard Gazette (Martha’s Vineyard, MA), Friday, January 24, 2014     Yvette Eastman, author, photographer, longtime Aquinnah seasonal resident and wife of the late author, magazine editor and social and political critic Max Eastman, died on Jan. 13 in New York […]

links to useful Dreiser sites

      Dreiser Web Source, University of Pennsylvania Library An excellent starting point. This site contains a wealth of material: Three essays on Sister Carrie which place the novel in its historical and social context and discuss its composition. Facsimiles of the 1900 typescript for Sister Carrie and early drafts of Jennie Gerhardt. […]