Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945) is universally recognized as one of the principal figures of twentieth-century American literature. His centrality stems both from the permanence of his best fiction and from his preeminent role in American cultural life during the first half of the twentieth century. His stature as the leading American literary figure of the early twentieth century, as well as his activist stance toward the major literary, social, and political issues of his day, has made him a focal point in efforts to understand the vital and turbulent period in which he flourished.
The Dreiser Edition is a publishing venture which was begun by the University of Pennsylvania Press and continued by the University of Illinois Press to publish scholarly editions of the complete works of Theodore Dreiser, including the novels of Dreiser as well as primary documents such as Dreiser's autobiographical writings, diaries, travel writing, correspondence, articles, and interviews with Dreiser. With the publication of Dreiser's novel The Titan in 2016, Winchester University Press became the Dreiser Edition's publisher.
The Dreiser Edition is sponsored by The University of Winchester, The University of Connecticut, and The University of Pennsylvania Library. The research and production of recent editions has been supported financially by organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain.
You can purchase a copy of The Titan: The Critical Edition; edited by Roark Mulligan (University of Winchester Press, 2016) here.
Other publications in preparation:
Theodore Dreiser, Critical Writings: On Literature, Drama, and Film
Edited by Jude Davies and Carol Smith
Dreiser's writings on literature, drama, and film, discussing his own practice, debates over realism and romanticism, fiction and politics, modernist theater, and classical Hollywood. Includes essays, introductions and prefaces on writers such as Mark Twain, H. D. Thoreau, Frank Norris, H. G. Wells, and Mike Quinn, along with unpublished writings, speeches, and letters.
Dreiser's European Diaries, 1911-12 and 1926
Edited by Renate von Bardeleben
The intimate record of Dreiser's transatlantic trips. He visited England, France, and Germany on both voyages, adding Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium in 1911-12, and trips to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Austria and Czecho-Slovakia in 1926. The earlier journal catches the life and the spirit of European society at a critical historical moment shortly before the outbreak of the First World War. The 1926 journal portrays the atmosphere of relaxation after the war, a new generation with a new attitude in which the mature author participates as he sketches it.
Dreiser's second autobiography, dealing with his childhood and adolescence in the mid-West.
More information coming soon.