Chains: Lesser Novels and Stories
Publisher: Boni and Liveright
Place: New York
425 pages Octavo (9" x 6") This copy is bound in decorative paper covered boards with black cloth spine. Signed by author and numbered 303 of 440. Lacks slipcase. First 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".
Corners bumped, some shelf wear else a very good copy lacking slipcase.
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