Category Archives: interviews with Dreiser

Berenice C. Skidelsky, an interview with Dreiser



Berenice C. Skideslky re Dreiser – North Am R, Dec 1932


Posted here (above) as a PDF file is an article by Berenice C. Skidelsky in which she recounts (pp. 561-562) an interview she conducted with Theodore Dreiser:

“The Merely Great”

By Berenice C. Skidelsky

The North American Review 234:6 (December 1932), pp. 559-566





Berenice Clare Skidelsky (1887-1984) was an American writer, editor, and lecturer. Skidelsky, who also used the pseudonyms Berenice E. Noar and Burton E. Skidell, began her professional writing career creating stories for pulp magazines. She wrote a novel in 1932, Youth Cries Out, was a book and movie critic and eventually became the literary editor of Vogue magazine. She was a lecturer with interests in political and current events, with a special interest in U. S./Soviet relationships.


Her papers are at


— Roger W. Smith

   May 2018


“Dreiser, Nathan, Boyd, Describe New Magazine”



American Spectator (Dreiser, Boyd, Nathan interviewed) – Atlanta Const 10-30-1932



Posted here as a PDF file attachment is a news story based on an interview with Theodore Dreiser, George Jean Nathan, and Ernest Boyd regarding formation of a new magazine, The American Spectator:


“Dreiser, Nathan, Boyd, Describe New Magazine, Also ‘Own Saloon’ ”

United Press dispatch published in The Atlanta Constitution, October 30, 1932


As noted in a Wikipedia entry:


The American Spectator was a monthly literary magazine which made its first monthly appearance in November 1932. It was edited by George Jean Nathan, though Eugene O’Neill, Ernest Boyd, Theodore Dreiser, and James Branch Cabell were also listed as joint editors.

The original editors left the publication in 1935, after which the paper continued monthly publication under new editors until October 1936. The American Spectator lasted another six months on a bimonthly before folding altogether.



— Roger W. Smith

    May 2018