Esther McCoy, ‘The Death of Dreiser’ – Grand Street (2)
Esther McCoy on Dreiser – Daily Worker 1-14-1946 pg 11
Posted here (PDF above):
“The Death of Dreiser”
Grand Street 7 (Winter 1988): 73–85
A few explanatory notes:
Esther McCoy (1904-1989) became acquainted with Dreiser in the 1920s. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she moved to New York to pursue a career as a writer and was a researcher and editorial assistant to Dreiser, who was then living in Greenwich Village. She had a fling with Dreiser.
McCoy became prominent as an architectural historian and writer on architecture.
The “Berk” mentioned in McCoy’s article was Berkeley G. Tobey (1881-1962), to whom McCoy was married at the time of Dreiser’s death. Tobey had multiple spouses; he was married briefly to Dorothy Day.
McCoy mentions Dreiser’s “nephew.” This was Harald Dies. He was not Dreiser’s nephew. He had just completed service in the US Army. Harold was a cousin of Helen, who herself was a second cousin of Dreiser. Harold James Dies (1914-2012) became Trustee of the Dreiser Trust.
I have also posted here (PDF above) an article of McCoy’s on Dreiser published in the Daily Worker of January 14, 1946.
— posted by Roger W. Smith
Berkeley Tobey and Esther McCoy