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DREISER, THEODORE. (1871-1945).  American naturalist author;  his first novel, Sister Carrie (1900), is a work of pivotal importance in American literature.  Uncommon Typed Letter Signed, “Theodore Dreiser,” on The Delineator letterhead. One page, quarto. No place. September 24, 1909. Dreiser writes to “Congressman W.I. Smith, Council Bluffs, IA.”  He writes: 

“My dear Sir: Your name has been suggested to me as that of some one who is interested in the sociological progress of America, and particularly in matters which concerns the development and well-being of the on-coming generation of Americans. I am the editor-in-chief of the three publications, The Delineator, The Designer and The New Idea which have a combined circulation of 1,800,000. It is the object of these magazines to be useful in a educational and instructive way – presenting to the average person those subjects which will demonstrate the practical workings of life. We endeavor to reach at every turn new ways, new theories in all that relates to the well0being of the individuals and the family. Naturally it is necessary to be ware of the advisable things to discuss at any time, and I write to ask if you will not make some suggestions for subjects which could be discussed either by you or by some one who may dwell in your mind as an ideal person to present a certain phase of life in a helpful way. I should very much appreciate it if you would give this proposition your serious consideration, and if there is any subject you have in mind which you could present personally let me know. Very truly yours, Theodore Dreiser Editor.”



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