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Inventory of Dreiserana (books, etc. by and about Theodore Dreiser) in Roger W. Smith’s Private Library


The attached Word document contains an inventory of Dreiserana — books and materials by, about, and related to Theodore Dreiser — in my home library. 23 more words

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On Reading Theodore Dreiser's Novel “An American Tragedy”

I don’t have a Ph.D. and lack the academic qualifications of many literary scholars, yet I have a broad and deep knowledge of literature from a lifetime of reading and I feel I have excellent taste. 1,079 more words

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“I love children”

“I love children, and people of no importance: but I’m always up against those who boast of wealth.”

— The Autobiography of a Turkish Girl… 16 more words

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A Response to the "Cultural Appropriation” Zealots


Attached in the above Word document is the full text of a speech by author Lionel Shriver, “Fiction and Identity Politics,” which Ms. Shriver delivered at the Brisbane Writers Festival on September 8, 2016. 398 more words

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the Great American Novel

A friend who was an omnivorous reader and an astute private critic once made the following observation to me:

Everyone talks about the Great American Novel: when will it ever be written? 30 more words

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sixteen years?


“This small Indiana county sends more people to prison than San Francisco and Durham, N.C., combined. Why?”

The New York Times

September 2, 2016… 530 more words

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Marquess of Queensberry rules for arguments (my personal views on the subject)

Marquess of Queensberry rules for arguments

by Roger W. Smith

My List of Virtues contained at first but twelve: But a Quaker Friend having kindly inform’d me that I was generally thought proud; that my Pride show’d itself frequently in Conversation; that I was not content with being in the right when discussing any Point, but was overbearing & rather insolent; of which he convinc’d me by mentioning several Instances; — I determined endeavouring to cure myself if I could of this Vice or Folly among the rest, and I added… 3,009 more words

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