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Theodore Dreiser collection

 Collection — othertype: SC-030
Identifier: SFHL-SC-030


This collection includes Theodore Dreiser's letters to Mabel Cheyney, printed documents concerning the suppression of Dreiser's The Genius, and several printed pamphlets and previews regarding Dreiser's work. Mabel Cheney was probably the daughter of George S. and Mary Wilson Price Cheyney, Quakers from Thornbury Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.


  • Creation: 1912-1925


Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Theodore Dreiser, born in 1871, was an influential American novelist. His Sister Carrie (1900) and An American Tragedy (1926) were his best known works, painting a bleak picture of industrial America at the turn of the century. Though Dreiser was not a religious man, he had great affection and sympathy for members of the Society of Friends. His novel, The Bulwark, tells the story of a Philadelphia Quaker. Theodore Dreiser died in 1945.


.1 linear ft. (.1 linear feet (3 folders.))

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Ownership and Custodial History

Given to the library as part of the papers of Philip Marshall Hicks, Swarthmore College '05. The balance of the collection is contained in RG6, Series 10.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition-- Gift of Philip Marshall Hicks.

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