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Sister Carrie
"A Strangely Strong Novel
in a Queer Milieu"
Curated by Nancy M. Shawcross
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Pennsylvania

Theodore Dreiser
My Brother Paul; and, W. L .S.


Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius, [1924?], c1919

In 1919 Boni & Liveright published Dreiser's Twelve Men, personality sketches that illustrated the author's notion that goodness can be found in unconventional lives. Some of the essays were reworked material written as early as 1902, but "My Brother Paul" was a new piece that afforded Dreiser the opportunity to remember fondly the tender-hearted man whom he characterized as "generous to the point of self-destruction." Although reviews were generally favorable for Twelve Men, sales stagnated, with less than 2,000 copies sold in the first year. In 1924 publishers Haldeman-Julius reprinted two of the portraits from Twelve Men as Little Blue Book No. 660.
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