Tag Archives: Dreiser’s place in American literature is secure not because he wrote so well but because what he wrote cut so deeply to the core of American life.

Edward Perry Burgum, “Dreiser and His America” (New Masses 1946)



Edwin Perry Burgum, ‘Dreiser and His America’ – New Masses 1-29-1946


The following posthumous essay on Dreiser (downloadable Word document above) is self-explanatory. It is a valuable contribution to Dreiser studies and is a positive assessment that in effect answers complaints of Dreiser’s critics:


Dreiser and His America

By Edwin Berry Burgum

New Masses

January 29, 1946

pp. 7-9, 22