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Theodore Dreiser (1871)

Dreiser was a novelist and pioneer of naturalism in American literature. After working as a journalist, magazine editor, and publisher, he published his first novel, Sister Carrie, which was denounced as scandalous. In 1915, the withdrawal of his autobiographical novel, The Genius, from distribution on moral grounds ignited a national anticensorship campaign supported by most of the leading literary figures of the day. Whose murder inspired his An American Tragedy? More...
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From his bio - Other works include The "Genius" and Trilogy of Desire (a three-parter based on the remarkable life of the Chicago streetcar tycoon Charles Tyson Yerkes and composed of The Financier (1912), The Titan (1914), and The Stoic). The latter was published posthumously in 1947.

Yerkes was from Philly. He and others (Peter A. Widener as in Widener University and William Elkins as in Elkins Park) helped set up the trolley lines in Philly. Yerkes got in trouble with the law in Philly and was eventually told to leave. He moved to Chicago where he became quite successful in the trolley business too.
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