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Jennie Gerhardt (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1911; vuoden 1994 painos)

– tekijä: Theodore Dreiser (Tekijä)

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"She was horrified, stunned, like a bird in the grasp of a cat, but somehow through it all was something terrific, inviting, urging, was speaking to her. He released her from his grasp. 'We won't do any more of this here, but you belong to me'." "Jennie Gerhardt" was Theodore Dreiser's second novel and his first commercial success. It is regarded as one of his three best novels, along with "Sister Carrie" and "An American Tragedy," This edition presents the text as it was originally written, restoring the novel to its complete form.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Jennie Gerhardt (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Kirjailijat:Theodore Dreiser (Tekijä)
Info:Penguin Classics (1994), 448 pages
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A sad tale of a doomed love affair in Victorian Times. Jennie is so real as a character, as is her indecisive lover, Lester. You will be frustrated and mystified by Lester,s inability to claim his one true love. In the end, love does not conquer all.. the desire for wealth and prestige do not bring ruin, only a dull aching emptiness. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
583. Jennie Gerhardt, by Theodore Dreiser (read 23 Aug 1959) This was published in 1911, and has a theme not often as overtly used in American novels of that time. I confess I don't remember much about it, but there is an article on the book in Wikipedia. ( )
  Schmerguls | May 26, 2013 |
Decades before he became the acclaimed author of "An American Tragedy," Theodore Dreiser wrote two controversial novels based on the lives of his older sisters, Emma and Mame. The first of these novels was "Sister Carrie" and the second was "Jennie Gerhardt." Not one to shy away from sensational social issues, in "Jennie Gerhardt" Dreiser focuses on a young, middle class German-American woman who becomes pregnant out of wedlock by one man and then lives with another in the late 19th century. The publication of "Sister Carrie" in 1900 was all but buried by its publisher, who was scandalized by the content. Dreiser wrote a draft of "Jennie Gerhardt" in 1901 and 1902, acutely aware that, like "Sister Carrie," it was likely to face publisher resistance due to the frank nature of its content. However, Dreiser suffered a nervous breakdown in late 1902 and he did not return to the manuscript until January 1911. He worked quickly to complete the novel, which was published in late 1911.

"Jennie Gerhardt" opens in 1880, when 18-year-old Jennie and her mother are forced to seek work in a posh Columbus, Ohio, hotel. Jennie is drawn into a world of wealth and influence, sex roles and class consciousness. Seduced by a U.S. senator more than 30 years her senior who promises to marry her, Jennie bears his child out of wedlock when the senator dies before they can marry. The focus of the novel soon shifts to Jennie's relationship with a wealthy Cincinnati businessman, Lester Kane, whom she meets while serving as a lady's maid in Cleveland. Lester is immediately taken with Jennie's beauty and temperament and senses that she might be persuaded to enter into a sexual relationship with him. Although he is clearly attracted to her, he has no interest in marrying anyone, let alone a young woman so obviously beneath his social station. Jennie is loath to become involved in another extra-marital sexual relationship, but her father has been seriously injured in an accident and may never be able to work again. Lester offers considerable financial assistance if Jennie will come away with him. Her father would be furious if he knew the reality of the situation, but Jennie's mother persuades her husband that Jennie and Lester are legally married. Jennie and her daughter Vesta eventually take up residence with Lester in Chicago; she begins calling herself Mrs. Kane. However, Lester's family members in Cincinnati gradually learn of the deception and his father finds a way to persuade -- or pressure -- Lester to marry Jennie or separate from her.

Dreiser skillfully portrays Jennie's dilemma and illuminates her strong character. Although she is not religious, in contrast to her Lutheran father, Jennie accepts that her behavior is wrong and that she is “bad.” It is clear that Dreiser believes in Jennie’s goodness. Jennie would like to be married, but the birth of her daughter has probably made that impossible for her. Strictly speaking Jennie can choose her course of action, but her family has few options. These were the years before health insurance and disability insurance. If the family breadwinner were sick and could not work, the family had no income until he recovered. If he could never work again, the older children had to quit school and support the younger ones by working menial jobs. Lester sees the situation and offers Jennie, who has fallen in love with him, a very attractive way out. Jennie is an extremely sympathetic character and although Lester is reprehensible in many ways, the reader wonders what would have become of the Gerhardt family without him.

Desperate for a bestseller, the manuscript of "Jennie Gerhardt" was heavily edited by Dreiser’s Harpers editor Ridley Hitchcock before its publication in 1911. More than 16,000 words were edited from Dreiser's manuscript, removing any profanity, references to sex and much of his social and philosophical commentary. Oddly, Dreiser’s straightforward prose was rewritten to be more verbose and flowery. Jennie's character was also altered, portraying her more blandly than originally conceived by Dreiser. The edition I read is the novel published in 1911, but in 1992 the University of Pennsylvania published the restored manuscript with historical commentary and a textual table showing each word change. ( )
3 ääni krbrancolini | Sep 25, 2011 |
Dreiser's stories are pretty much the same, even though using different names/cities. And they all are... somehow dramatic works, ending pretty bad. As I was young enough to spend the time... tried few, as the lecture is captivating and relaxing. Still, nothing out of ordinary or extremely interesting. ( )
  Myhi | Jul 2, 2009 |
Book Description: Dreiser's second novel and his own personal favorite features an impoverished heroine who, in simply trying to make her way in the world, inadvertently defies a host of social conventions. Following the addition of Sister Carrie to the World's Classics series, Jennie Gerhardt is accompanied by a full and up-to-date editorial apparatus.
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"She was horrified, stunned, like a bird in the grasp of a cat, but somehow through it all was something terrific, inviting, urging, was speaking to her. He released her from his grasp. 'We won't do any more of this here, but you belong to me'." "Jennie Gerhardt" was Theodore Dreiser's second novel and his first commercial success. It is regarded as one of his three best novels, along with "Sister Carrie" and "An American Tragedy," This edition presents the text as it was originally written, restoring the novel to its complete form.

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