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Twelve Men

Theodore Dreiser

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Oh, there are plenty of them," he replied. "It's the only way. Down here in New London a couple of winters ago we had a terrible time of it. That was the winter of the panic, you know. Cold—my, but that was a cold winter, and thousands of people out of work—just thousands. It was awful. I tried to do what I could here and there all along, but finally things got so bad there that I went to the mayor. I saw they were raising some kind of a fund to help the poor, so I told him that if he'd give me a little of the money they were talking of spending that I'd feed the hungry for a cent-and-a-half a meal."

"A cent-and-a-half a meal!"

"Yes, sir. They all thought it was rather curious, not possible at first, but they gave me the money and I fed 'em."

"Good meals?"

"Yes, as good as I ever eat myself," he replied.

"How did you do it?" I asked.

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Community Reviews

Love Jenny!

Theodore Dreiser's works hold up well as storytelling while offering the added advantage of being timepieces.

"Sister Carrie" and "Jennie Gerhardt" are similar tales of young girls whose youthful sexuality aid their flight from poverty.

Carrie and Jennie are sympathetic, nonetheless, because their cl

3 1/2 stars Sister Carrie

here is my review of sister carrie. this is a good book. i read it and i enjoyed it. i would recommend it to anyone who likes books. hurstwood kills himself, and the book ends with carrie, rocking in her chair, thinking of pretty things to buy. or something. its depressing but beautiful.

i still have

For some time I've been meaning to read Dreiser beyond the short stories I know -- and given that this book was inspired in part by Tess of the D'Urbervilles (one of my favorites), I chose it as my first novel of his to dive into. Jennie's story really struck me where it counts -- there were several

Sister Carrie
Carrie leaves a small town in Illinois to live with her sister's family in Chicago where there are more opportunities for her to make a living. On the train ride to the city she is approached by a slick salesman names Druet who gives her his card and promises to look in on her. Carrie i

Sister Carrie - finished 08.15.16

Jennie Gearhardt - finished 05.07.17

Twelve Men - finished 09.13.18

I understand that there are two versions of Sister Carrie and Jennie Gerhardt, one unexpurgated and the other 'tamed down'. I do not know if this was a 'tamed down' version - probably so, since I didn't see any racy scenes - but even so, a fascinating look at life in those times (early 1900's). Both

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