Published May 1, 1933
Along with Stephen Crane and Jack London, the writer Theodore Dreiser stood at the forefront of the naturalist movement in American literature. His novels, most memorably Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy, favored an unflinching representation of everyday life over the romanticism that dominated much of 20th-century thought. This photograph of Dreiser, pensively looking away from the camera, was taken by Charles Sheeler and appeared in the May 1933 Vanity Fair.
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