The Resource Jennie Gerhardt, Theodore Dreiser ; edited by James L.W. West III

Jennie Gerhardt, Theodore Dreiser ; edited by James L.W. West III

Label
Jennie Gerhardt
Title
Jennie Gerhardt
Statement of responsibility
Theodore Dreiser ; edited by James L.W. West III
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Jennie Gerhardt was Theodore Dreiser's second novel and his first true commercial success. Today it is generally regarded as one of his three best novels, along with Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy. But the text of Jennie Gerhardt heretofore known to readers is quite different from the text as Dreiser originally wrote it. In the tradition of the University of Pennsylvania Dreiser Edition, James L.W. West III has recaptured the text as it was originally written, restoring it to its complete, unexpurgated form. As submitted to Harper and Brothers in 1911, Jennie Gerhardt was a powerful study of a woman tragically compromised by birth and fate. Harpers agreed to publish the book but was nervous about its subject matter and moral stance. Jennie has an illegitimate child by one man and lives out of wedlock with another - but Dreiser does not condemn her for her behavior. As a requirement for publication, Harpers insisted on cutting and revising the text. Although Dreiser fought against many of the cuts and succeeded in restoring some material, Harpers shortened the text by 16,000 words and completely revised its style and tone. These changes ultimately transformed Jennie Gerhardt from a blunt, carefully documented work of social realism to a touching love story merely set against a social background. Passages critical of organized religion and of the institution of marriage were reduced and altered. Perhaps most important, Jennie's point of view - her innate romantic mysticism - was largely edited out of the text. As a consequence, the central dialectic of the novel was skewed and the narrative thrown out of balance
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digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1871-1945
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dreiser, Theodore
Dewey number
813/.52
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3507.R55
LC item number
J4 1992eb
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
West, James L. W
Series statement
The University of Pennsylvania Dreiser edition
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Romance fiction
  • FICTION
  • Romance fiction
Label
Jennie Gerhardt, Theodore Dreiser ; edited by James L.W. West III
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Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 577 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585126692
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44962574
  • (OCoLC)ocm44962574
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Jennie Gerhardt, Theodore Dreiser ; edited by James L.W. West III
Link
https://ezproxy.lib.ou.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=17229
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 577 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585126692
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44962574
  • (OCoLC)ocm44962574
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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