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Genius

Theodore Dreiser

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The only figure of literary repute who ever rated The Genius" as first among the novels of Theodore Dreiser was Theodore Dreiser," literary historian Larzer Ziff observed. His fifth published novel, The "Genius" was actually the third novel Dreiser began work on and, as his most autobiographical work, remained the novel closest to his heart. He worked on it in stages over a four-year period. The credit he felt he deserved (and did not receive) for his honesty about sexual urges and damaged relationships and his original publisher's decision not to stand by the novel in the face of criticism contributed to his lifelong feeling that the book had never been given its due. After An American Tragedy, it is his longest book; the final draft ran to over 700 pages in a close-set type. While the protagonist of the book is in many ways a portrait of its author, Dreiser also loosely based Eugene Witla on some of the painters, artists working in an Ashcan realist style, whom he knew in New York at the time and whose studios he visited. The most likely candidate for a model is Everett Shinn, who painted urban scenes of the kind attributed to Witla and who was known as a promiscuous man.The novel is divided intro three sections: "Youth," "Struggle," and "Revolt." In Book I, Eugene Witla (like Sister Carrie, in Dreiser's earlier novel) escapes the confines of the small town in Illinois where he has been raised to make his way in Chicago. There he studies painting at the Chicago Art Institute and enjoys the excitement of the city and his first sexual experiences. He becomes engaged to a young woman, Angela Blue, with whom he is intimate before their marriage but, at all times, he finds it difficult to remain faithful. A life based on monogamy seems beyond him. In Book II, Eugene and Angela move to New York City, where he makes a name for himself in the art world as an urban realist but finds his marriage with the increasingly conventional Angela painfully limiting. They travel to Europe, he suffers a breakdown, and they return t

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Kilmer

Length:

32h 56m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

29:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

17:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

22:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

22:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

20:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

14:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

21:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

10:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

14:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

21:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

17:32


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

24:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

13:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

21:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

21:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

20:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

16:10


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

26:15


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

17:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

18:43


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

20:22


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

25:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

14:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

21:02


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

18:44


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

17:17


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

13:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

22:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

15:34


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

17:05


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

14:01


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

30:48


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

21:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

26:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

21:59


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

18:04


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:43


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

21:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

23:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

13:50


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

26:47


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

20:44


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

15:07


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

21:52


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

18:53


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

22:50


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

19:08


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

23:20


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

28:37


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

32:35


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

30:16


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

29:30


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

26:22


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

33:57


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

19:49


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:54


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

17:07


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

17:13


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

31:04


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

10:30


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

20:32


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

33:09


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

18:03


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

25:27


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

23:09


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

30:47


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

37:59


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

25:26


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:42


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

09:27