A Hoosier Holiday

INTRODUCTION Theodore Dreiser and the Birth of the Road Book DOUGLAS BRINKLEY A Hoosier HOLIDAY ( 1916 ) grew out of an August 1915 party given by novelist Theodore Dreiser , the author of Sister Carrie ( 1900 ) , in uptown Manhattan to ...

Author: Theodore Dreiser

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253332834

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Recounts the author's return to his native Indiana by car in 1916 with artist Franklin Booth

A Hoosier Holiday

"Though far from the author's usual musings, this is actually a forerunner to the American road novel and very well could have been one of the inspirations for Jack Kerouac . . . this is a fine addition to public and academic libraries." ...

Author: Theodore Dreiser

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253028082

Category: Travel

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"Though far from the author's usual musings, this is actually a forerunner to the American road novel and very well could have been one of the inspirations for Jack Kerouac . . . this is a fine addition to public and academic libraries." —Library Journal "Theodore Dreiser, road warrior . . . Dreiser's account of his homecoming will touch a familiar and responsive chord in anyone who has undertaken one. . . . In that, as in so much else in this book, as in the great body of all his work, Dreiser in his earnest, heartfelt, clumsy way speaks to the universal experience." —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World "Because [the book] provides a portrait of the artist as a young man and describes the nation as a mosaic of individual cultures, Dreiser's journey offers several different lessons. Part travelogue, part autobiography, part collection of essays, A Hoosier Holiday lays out the landscape of a nation that ceased to exist once the highway unfurled across the map." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) By 1914, Theodore Dreiser was a successful writer living in New York. He had not been back to his home state in over 20 years. When his friend Franklin Booth approached him with the idea of driving from New York to Indiana, Dreiser's response to Booth was immediate: "All my life I've been thinking of making a return trip to Indiana and writing a book about it." Along the route, Dreiser recorded his impressions of the people and land in words while his traveling companion sketched some of these scenes. In this reflective tale, Dreiser and Booth cross four states to arrive at Indiana and the sites and memories of Dreiser's early life in Terre Haute, Sullivan, Evansville, Warsaw, and his one year at Indiana University.

A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia

A Hoosier Holiday 191 posed that Booth " sign on " as illustrator of Dreiser's intended travelogue . Booth readily agreed , and on 11 August , Dreiser , Booth , and a driver and all - purpose mechanic named “ Speed " set out on a ...

Author: Molefi K. Asante

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313316805

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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For a century, Theodore Dreiser has represented for many readers a rebellious modernism whose novels both critiqued the American dream and embodied a bleakly deterministic perception of life. This reference is an authoritative guide to his life and works. Included are several hundred entries on each of Dreiser's books and short stories, as well as magazine and newspaper pieces he collected during his life.

Mechanism and Mysticism

Harris , Contemporary Portraits , 91 ; Theodore Dreiser , A Hoosier Holiday ( New York : John Lane , 1916 ) , 153 , 343–44 . 42. Reed Harris interview , 16 ( UPA ) . 43. Dreiser to John H. Chase , 14 March 1934 ( UPa ) ; Theodore ...

Author: Louis J. Zanine

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512809121

Category: Literary Criticism

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In Mechanism and Mysticism, Louis J. Zanine provides the first full-length study of Theodore Dreiser's interest in modern scientific research and of the impact of scientific ideas on the thought and work of a writer who would gain fame as a deterministic naturalist, but who would end his life as a mystic pantheist. Dreiser was raised in a household dominated by the fanatical Catholic faith of his father and the superstitious beliefs of his mother. In 1894, having rejected the orthodox Christianity of his upbringing, he underwent a significant intellectual and spiritual revolution, precipitated by his discover y of the evolutionary writings of Darwin, Huxley, and Spencer. The concept of an evolutionary universe provided Dreiser with the philosophical framework for the pessimistic naturalism of his early novels (Sister Carrie, Jennie Gerhardt, The Financier). In the next decades, his discovery of scientific mechanism would reveal a universe that was a well-ordered machine, and it is in the context of Dreiser's reading of the mechanistic philosophy of Jacques Loeb and others that Zanine examines An American Tragedy and The Hand of the Potter. The philosophy of mechanism, combined with his under standing of evolutionary thought, provided Dreiser with a scientific world view that gave him a coherent system of beliefs about human beings' place in the universe, their origins, and the bases of their behavior. Yet Zanine demonstrates that Dreiser never fully adopted the stark materialism or atheism of the mechanists. He continued to have a deeply superstitious side, and a number of experiences with fortune tellers, séances, Ouija boards, and spirit apparitions convinced him of the existence of some controlling supernatural force in the universe. During the same years that he was espousing the principles of mechanistic philosophy in correspondence and conversation with Jacques Loeb, Zanine shows Dreiser was also drawn into speculations about the supernatural through his friendship with the eccentric investigator and author, Charles Fort. In an effort to further his understanding of mechanistic philosophy and to reconcile his faith in the supernatural with the facts of modern science, Dreiser began an intensive period of scientific study in 1927. For the next ten years, he befriended many of America's most eminent scientists, and read numerous works on biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. In 1937, at the Carnegie Biological Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor, he experienced a spiritual epiphany in which he was suddenly able to intuit a Divine Being's presence in all of nature. Dreiser's scientific quest had culminated in a mystical conversion that would dominate the remaining eight years of his life. Mechanism and Mysticism offers substantial insight into the character of one of America's leading literary figures. With its unique brand of interdisciplinary research data, it will be of interest to students and scholars of American studies and literature, twentieth-century history, and history of science and religion.

Dreiser Mencken Letters Volume 2

HLM asks for the manuscript of A Hoosier Holiday , notes a Canadian review , mentions the war news , and reports on the price of the Dodge edition of Sister Carrie . 62 . 23 June 1916 ( UPL ) : HLM to TD . HLM says that the manuscript ...

Author: Theodore Dreiser

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512805994

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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See America First

Despite the vast amount of scholarship on Dreiser and his fiction, there has been relatively little scholarship on Hoosier Holiday. For an overview of the biographical circumstances behind the narrative, see Richard Lingeman, ...

Author: Marguerite Shaffer

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 9781560989769

Category: History

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In See America First, Marguerite Shaffer chronicles the birth of modern American tourism between 1880 and 1940, linking tourism to the simultaneous growth of national transportation systems, print media, a national market, and a middle class with money and time to spend on leisure. Focusing on the See America First slogan and idea employed at different times by railroads, guidebook publishers, Western boosters, and Good Roads advocates, she describes both the modern marketing strategies used to promote tourism and the messages of patriotism and loyalty embedded in the tourist experience. She shows how tourists as consumers participated in the search for a national identity that could assuage their anxieties about American society and culture. Generously illustrated with images from advertisements, guidebooks, and travelogues, See America First demonstrates that the promotion of tourist landscapes and the consumption of tourist experiences were central to the development of an American identity.

Dreiser Studies

When Dreiser published A Hoosier Holiday in 1916 , a friend of May's from Indianapolis sent her a copy . Touched by Dreiser's accounts of his seventh - grade experiences in her class and surprised at his belief that she had died ...

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Hoosiers and the American Story

Hoosier. americans. Indiana. is. a. world. all. unto. itself. — Theodore Dreiser, A hoosier holiday (1916) The Hoosier store was a general merchandise store in downtown. Like meeting a new person, a book needs an introduction.

Author: Madison, James H.

Publisher: Indiana Historical Society

ISBN: 9780871953636

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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A supplemental textbook for middle and high school students, Hoosiers and the American Story provides intimate views of individuals and places in Indiana set within themes from American history. During the frontier days when Americans battled with and exiled native peoples from the East, Indiana was on the leading edge of America’s westward expansion. As waves of immigrants swept across the Appalachians and eastern waterways, Indiana became established as both a crossroads and as a vital part of Middle America. Indiana’s stories illuminate the history of American agriculture, wars, industrialization, ethnic conflicts, technological improvements, political battles, transportation networks, economic shifts, social welfare initiatives, and more. In so doing, they elucidate large national issues so that students can relate personally to the ideas and events that comprise American history. At the same time, the stories shed light on what it means to be a Hoosier, today and in the past.

Delphi Complete Works of Theodore Dreiser Illustrated

HOOSIER HOLIDAY The talented author of “The Genius” has written in “A Hoosier Holiday” a perfectly absorbing volume which contains much remarkably fine literature and considerable 22 carat rubbish. There is enough material on the 500 ...

Author: Theodore Dreiser

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN: 9781786560797

Category: Fiction

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An American writer of the naturalist school, Theodore Dreiser produced controversial novels, often featuring protagonists that succeeded at their objectives in spite of their lack of morality. Celebrated novels such as ‘Sister Carrie’ and ‘An American Tragedy’ led to Dreiser’s nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature, establishing his name as an American master. This comprehensive eBook presents Dreiser’s complete fictional works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Dreiser’s life and works * Concise introductions to the novels and other texts * All 8 novels, with individual contents tables * Features rare novels often missed out of collections, including ‘The Bulwark’ and ‘The Stoic’ * Special ‘The Trilogy of Desire’ contents table for navigating the series * Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * The rare short story collection ‘Chains: Lesser Novels and Stories’, available in no other collection * Includes Dreiser’s plays * The rare poetry collection ‘Moods Cadenced and Declaimed’, first time in digital print * A selection of Dreiser’s non-fiction * Special ‘Contextual Pieces’ section, with reviews, letters and essays evaluating Dreiser’s contribution to literature * Features Dreiser’s two autobiographies - discover the author’s personal and literary life * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Trilogy of Desire The Novels Sister Carrie Jennie Gerhardt The Financier The Titan The “Genius” An American Tragedy The Bulwark The Stoic The Shorter Fiction Free and Other Stories Chains: Lesser Novels and Stories Fine Furniture The Short Stories List of Short Stories in Chronological Order List of Short Stories in Alphabetical Order The Plays Plays of the Natural and Supernatural The Hand of the Potter The Poetry Moods Cadenced and Declaimed The Non-Fiction A Traveler at Forty A Hoosier Holiday Twelve Men Hey Rub-A-Dub-Dub The Color of a Great City The Contextual Pieces Contextual Articles, Essays and Reviews The Autobiographies A Book About Myself Dawn Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles or to purchase this eBook as a Parts Edition of individual eBooks