Winchester University Press is pleased to continue the Dreiser Edition, the venture begun by the University Presses of Illinois and Pennsylvania to publish scholarly editions of the complete works of Theodore Dreiser. A principal figure of twentieth century American literature, Dreiser has a centrality the stems both from the permanence of his best fiction and from his preeminent role in American cultural life during the first half of the twentieth century.
Roark Mulligan’s informative notes and commentaries reveal a depth of learning and a sharp critical sensibility. An experienced archivist, he has a strong grip of Dreiser’s compositional methods, as well as the ability to navigate among the various manuscripts and correspondence that preceded the first edition of the book. Mulligan’s choice of copy text is in itself exceptional: the 1914 copy proof, a version of the novel that, until this edition, was in a private collection, unknown even to Dreiser scholars.