Theodore Dreiser

The «Genius»

Theodore Dreiser heavily invested himself in The Genius, an autobiographical novel first published in 1915. Thoroughly immersed in the turn-of-the-century art scene, The Genius explores the multiple conflicts between art and business, art and marriage, and between traditional and modern views of sexual morality. Despite heavy editing, The Genius was deemed so shocking that its sale was immediately prohibited by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice. It was not released until 1923, and thereafter the episode confirmed Dreiser's status as a writer ahead of his time.
1,051 printed pages
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    👍Worth reading


  • Ira Shehuhas quoted6 years ago
    They were beautiful but so distant. He invested them with more beauty than they had; the beauty was in his own soul. But he did not know that.
  • ilaila13has quoted2 years ago
    marriage ought to be a happy bargain, and if it isn't you oughtn't to try to stay together just because you thought you could stay together once.
  • ilaila13has quoted2 years ago
    There was no peace in it, for there is neither peace nor happiness in deception.

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