Theodore Dreiser's Gloom and Estelle Bloom Kubitz's I and one of the others : an edition

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Gregory M. Neubauer (Creator)
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Abstract: Theodore Dreiser was one of the most important American writers from the period of 1900 to the 1930s. Of signal importance to understanding Dreiser’s life and works are the years he lived in Greenwich Village, 1914 to 1919. He left his wife, Sara, and established a bohemian life of extravagance and sexual adventure, forming simultaneous liaisons with dozens of women, most of whom seeking to establish their own literary careers. He shamelessly exploited their desire for mentorship by seducing them even as he employed them to type and edit his manuscripts. Estelle Bloom Kubitz was one of the most significant of these women and also one about whom little is known. That Kubitz was simultaneously in love with Dreiser and repelled by him is evident in letters to her sister and in an unpublished manuscript, “I and One of the Others,” where Dreiser appears as S.O.B. and Kubitz as Miss DamnPhool. Dreiser himself began an account of his relationship with Kubitz entitled “Gloom,” intending it to be part of his serialized novel “This Madness” (1929) but left it unfinished. This thesis is a biographical introduction to “Gloom” and “I and One of the Others.” Both texts advance an understanding of the Dreiser-Kubitz relationship by revealing Dreiser’s attraction to Kubitz and the effects his promiscuity had on her.

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A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Dreiser Theodore 1871-1945 Gloom--Criticism and interpretation, Kubitz Estelle Bloom I and one of the others--Criticism and interpretation
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945. Gloom. -- Criticism and interpretation
Kubitz, Estelle Bloom. I and one of the others. -- Criticism and interpretation

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