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from Grant Richards, “Author Hunting”



Grant Richards, ‘Author Hunting’ Chs. XV-XVI


Posted here (PDF file) above is

Grant Richards

Author Hunting By an Old Literary Sports Man

New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1934

Chapters XV-XVI


Narrates Richards’ role in persuading Century Company to finance Dreiser’s trip abroad and preparing the itinerary that would allow Dreiser to study Yerkes’ life in Europe and gain the experiences for A Traveler at Forty, which Richards found offensively indiscreet; also presents Frank Norris’s account of the suppression of Sister Carrie. (annotation, Pizer, Dowell, and Rusch, Theodore Dreiser, A Primary Bibliography and Reference Guide)


Franklin Thomas (Grant) Richards was an English publisher who, as is noted in A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia, “encouraged the writing of Jennie Gerhardt.”

In 1911 Richards was instrumental in making possible Dreiser’s first trip to Europe, which led to the publication of the latter’s A Traveler at Forty.

Richards, Renate von Bardeleben notes, “offered Dreiser a social entree into London drawing rooms and artistic circles as well as English country homes; he was his part­-time travel companion both in Paris and on the French Riviera, and, wherever needed, he provided Dreiser with detailed travel instructions.”

Dreiser portrayed Richards as “Barfleur” in A Traveler at Forty. His portrayal of Richards and his family and friends led to a dispute between the two and to what turned out to be the demise of their relationship.


See “Richards, (Franklin Thomas) Grant,” by Rebate von Bardeleben, in A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia, edited by Keith Newlin, pp. 322-324

— posted by Roger W. Smith

    October 2021


final corrected version


Theodore Dreiser in the US Communist Press


This article involved examining and documenting over 400 articles in the US Communist press (and then choosing which among them to reference and quote). This involved not only documentation but also transcription; almost all of the quoted material was transcribed by me.
Mistakes were inevitable. A final corrected word document has been posted by me at


Roger W. Smith, “Theodore Dreiser in the US Communist Press”


— Roger W. Smith

   October 13, 2021

post changed



Theodore Dreiser in the US Communist Press is the title of a new essay of mine posted last week on this site at

Roger W. Smith, “Theodore Dreiser in the US Communist Press”


I have a few changes and edits. The revised Word document is posted on the site for downloading.


— Roger W. Smith


Теодор Драйзер, “Ленин” (Theodore Dreiser, “Lenin”)






lenin – new masses


Published in Pravda, April 22, 1940, pg. 7 (the seventieth anniversary of Lenin’s birth).

Published in English as “V. I. Lenin,” New Masses, April 23, 1940, pg. 16.


— posted by Roger W. Smith

   October 2021




Roger W. Smith, “Theodore Dreiser in the US Communist Press”


Theodore Dreiser in the US Communist Press


My new article is posted here as a Word document.


— Roger W. Smith

   October 2021


Theodore Dreiser, “Tom Mooney”



Theodore Dreiser, ‘Tom Mooney’


Tom Mooney

by Theodore Dreiser

a pamphlet published April 1933

price 10 cents

“Mooney Talks to Dreiser, Says He Needs Champion”




Posted here:

“Mooney Talks to Dreiser, Says He Needs Champion”

The Fresno Bee, Fresno, California

Saturday, May 31, 1930

pg. 9


Thomas Joseph “Tom” Mooney (1882-1942) was an American political activist and labor leader, who was convicted with Warren K. Billings of the San Francisco Preparedness Day Bombing of 1916.

It quickly became apparent that Mooney and Billings had been convicted based on falsified evidence and perjured testimony and the Mooney case and campaigns to free him — in which Dreiser was active — became an international cause cause célèbre for two decades.

Mooney served 22 years in prison before finally being pardoned in 1939.




Theodore Dreiser, A Primary Bibliography and Reference Guide, Second Edition, by Donald Pizer, Richard W. Dowell, and Frederic E. Rusch lists sources about Dreiser and Tom Mooney.

Other sources not listed there include:

“Mooney and America,” Hesperian (San Francisco) 1, winter 1933 (reprinted in Theodore Dreiser: Political Writings, edited by Jude Davies)

“Dreiser Denounces Infamous Rolph Decision on Mooney,” Daily Worker, April 22, 1932

“Famous Writers Protest Method of Mooney Probe,” Daily Worker, November 4, 1932

“Mooney’s Release For Funeral Urged,” September 6, 1934


— posted by Roger W. Smith

    September 2021

Can writing (Dreiser’s) really be this bad?



Please see a new post on my rogers-rhetoric.com site:


Can writing really be this bad?


Theodore Dreiser, “The Story of Harry Bridges”



Theodore Dreiser, ‘The Story of Harry Bridges’ – Friday


Harry Bridges – Communist Press


Posted here as a Word document is the following:

“The Story of Harry Bridges”

By Theodore Dreiser


October 4, 1940

October 11, 1940

Dreiser’s interview with Bridges was published in two successive issues. Friday (later called Scoop) was a weekly illustrated magazine, published in the early 1940s, that was financed by Communist-front organizations. Its content was consistently pro-labor.

Some news items about Harry Bridges and comments about him in the US Communist press of the time are also posted here as a Word document.




Harry Bridges (1901-1990) was an Australian-born American union leader, first with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). In 1937, he led several chapters in forming a new union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), expanding members to workers in warehouses, and led it for the next 40 years. He was prosecuted for his labor organizing and believed subversive status by the U.S. government during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, with the goal of deportation. This was never achieved.

Bridges became a naturalized citizen in 1945. His conviction by a federal jury for having lied about his Communist Party membership when seeking naturalization was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1953 as having been prosecuted untimely, outside the statute of limitations. His official power was reduced when the ILWU was expelled by the CIO in 1950, but he continued to be reelected by the California membership and was highly influential until his retirement in 1977.

— Wikipedia


— posted by Roger W. Smith

   September 2021






re stage adaptations of An American Tragedy


‘Gossip Around Paris’ – Holywood Reporter 7-6-1935


‘Paris Producers Do American Plays’ – Holywood Reporter 7-13-1935


‘Dreiser Opus for Paris!’ – Variety 9-14-1935




In the entry “Adaptions, Stage,” by Keith Newlin, in A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia,* there is discussion of Patrick Kearney’s stage adaptation of An American Tragedy , which had a successful run in New York in 1931; of an adaption of the novel performed in Vienna in 1931; and of Erwin Piscator and Lina Goldschmidt’s adaptation, ‘Case of Clyde Griffiths,” which was performed in Pennsylvania and New York City, beginning in 1935.

There is no mention of a French stage adaptation of  An American Tragedy, adapted by Georges Jamin and Jean Servais, which Dreiser mentioned in an article in The New York Times, in 1936.** Dreiser also mentions a Russian adaptation by H. Basilevsky, which was entitled “The Law of Lycurgus”.***

Posted here are PDF files of Dreiser’s Times article and US theater industry publications in which the 1935 French adaptation was mentioned. The French adaptation by Jamin and Servais seems clearly to have been based on Patrick Kearney’s adaptation.


*A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia, edited by Keith Newlin (Westport, Connecticut; Greenwood Press, 2003). pp. 3-6

**”Four Cases of Clyde Griffiths,” by Theodore Dreiser, The New York Times, March 8, 1936

*** Закон Ликурга : американская трагедия : пьеса в 4 действиях и 12 картинах : по мотивам “Американской трагедии” Теодора Драйзера (Zakon Likurga : amerikanskai︠a︡ tragedii︠a︡ : pʹesa v 4 deĭstvii︠a︡kh i 12 kartinakh: po motivam “Amerikanskoĭ tragedii” Teodora Draĭzera; The Law of Lycurgus; An American Tragedy: A Play in 4 Acts and 12 Scenes: Based on Theodore Dreiser’s American Tragedy


– posted by Roger W. Smith

   September 2021