Tag Archives: James T. Farrell

James T. Farrell, “Theodore Dreiser: In Memoriam”

 

James T. Farrell, ‘Theodore Dreiser; I Memoriam’ – Saturday Review 1-12-1946

 

Posted here (downloadable PDF file above)

James T. Farrell

“Theodore Dreiser: In Memoriam”

Saturday Review of Literature

January 12, 1946

pp. 16–17, 27–28

Dreiser deserved this tribute. And, Farrell had the generosity of spirit and critical acumen to write it.

 

— -posted by Roger W. Smith

 

A couple of books from my personal library

 

 

quotes and comments re Dreiser

 

quotes and comments re Theodore Dreiser

 

Posted here are (downloadable Word document above) are quotes and comments re Dreiser.

 

— compiled and posted by Roger W. Smith, May 2008

  updated May 2022

James T. Farrell, “Some Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser”

 

from James T. Farrell, “Reflections at Fifty and other essays”

Farrell, ‘Some Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser’

 

— posted by Roger W. Smith

James T. Farrell on “An American Tragedy” (from “Bernard Clare”)

 

James T. Farrell, ‘Bernard Clare’ (excerpt)

 

The novelist James T. Farrell (1904-1979) was a great admirer of Dreiser. In his underrated novel Bernard Clare (The Vanguard Press, 1946), Farrell pays indirect tribute to Dreiser by having his two main characters engage in a discussion of An American Tragedy, about which the character Eva makes perceptive comments.

Many readers of An American Tragedy (and the admirers and makers of the film A Place in the Sun) have missed the point about the distinction between Roberta Alden and Sondra Finchley made by Farrell (indirectly, through his characters) here, although Dreiser certainly didn’t.

An excerpt from Bernard Clare is posted here (above) as a downloadable PDF  file.

 

— posted by Roger W. Smith

    February 2016