Chains: Lesser Novels and Stories

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Author: Dreiser, Theodore Herman Albert (1871-1945)

Year: 1927

Publisher: Boni & Liveright

Place: New York


425 pages. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") issued in dark blue cloth with lettering to spine and script to front cover. 1st edition.

After the publication of his novel An American Tragedy (1925), Theodore Dreiser was generally considered the United States' greatest living author. He received early encouragement from the influential critic, H. L. Mencken, and his novel Sister Carrie (1900) enjoyed a warm critical reception in England, though its poor sales in the United States drove Dreiser to clinical depression. Dreiser wrote thirty-one short stories, and many of these were revised and collected in two volumes: Free and Other Stories (1918) and Chains (1927). Dreiser pioneered Naturalism in the United States along with Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, and James T. Farrell, all of whom maintained that men and women had very little agency in their lives, and that their fate was determined largely by such ungovernable forces as biology, economics, and society. Short stories included in Chains are "Sancturary", "The Hand", "Chains", "St Columbia and the River", "Convention", "Khat", "Typhoon", "The Old Neighborhood", "Phantom Gold", "Marriage for One", "Fulfillment", "The Victor", "The Shadow", "The Mercy of God", and "The Price Who Was a Thief".


A touch of staining at heal edges. Jacket badly chipped with 1/3 missing from spin, detached along front hinge, corners chipped, water stain at heal edges, spine darkened else about a very good copy in a poor jacket.

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