Theodore Dreiser

1871 - 1945

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Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser (; August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945) was an American novelist and journalist of the naturalist school. His novels often featured main characters who succeeded at their objectives despite a lack of a firm moral code, and literary situations that more closely resemble studies of nature than tales of choice and agency. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Theodore Dreiser has received more than 1,062,469 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Theodore Dreiser is the 595th most popular writer (down from 574th in 2019), the 606th most popular biography from United States (up from 610th in 2019) and the 59th most popular American Writer.

Theodore Dreiser is most famous for his novels Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy.

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Notable Works

Sister Carrie
The Titan
An American tragedy
Jennie Gerhardt
Features an impoverished heroine who, in simply trying to make her way in the world, inadvertently defies a host of social conventions.
The "genius"


Among writers, Theodore Dreiser ranks 595 out of 7,302Before him are Bruno Schulz, D. H. Lawrence, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Ellen G. White, Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, and Ismail Gaspirali. After him are John Donne, Madame de La Fayette, Hermann Broch, Napoleon Hill, Lion Feuchtwanger, and Karl Kraus.

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Among people born in 1871, Theodore Dreiser ranks 18Before him are Albert Lebrun, Heinrich Mann, Victor Grignard, Lesya Ukrainka, Elena of Montenegro, and Ioannis Metaxas. After him are Georges Rouault, František Kupka, Giacomo Balla, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Grand Duke George Alexandrovich of Russia, and Stjepan Radić. Among people deceased in 1945, Theodore Dreiser ranks 51Before him are Oskar Dirlewanger, Josef Kramer, Hans Geiger, Wilhelm Burgdorf, Robert Ritter von Greim, and Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen. After him are Karl Hanke, Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Robert H. Goddard, Ludwig Stumpfegger, Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, and Fumimaro Konoe.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Theodore Dreiser ranks 606 out of 20,380Before him are Jim Jarmusch (1953), Art Garfunkel (1941), Goldie Hawn (1945), Ellen G. White (1827), Ice-T (1958), and Jada Pinkett Smith (1971). After him are Telly Savalas (1922), Napoleon Hill (1883), Matthew Perry (1969), Milton H. Erickson (1901), Margaret Mead (1901), and Val Kilmer (1959).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Theodore Dreiser ranks 59Before him are T. S. Eliot (1888), Sidney Sheldon (1917), William S. Burroughs (1914), James Baldwin (1924), Allen Ginsberg (1926), and Ellen G. White (1827). After him are Napoleon Hill (1883), John Irving (1942), Louisa May Alcott (1832), Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875), Michael Crichton (1942), and Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811).