Genius cover

Genius

Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)

1. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 1
2. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 2
3. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 3
4. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 4
5. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 5
6. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 6
7. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 7
8. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 8
9. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 9
10. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 10
11. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 11
12. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 12
13. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 13
14. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 14
15. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 15
16. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 16
17. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 17
18. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 18
19. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 19
20. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 20
21. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 21
22. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 22
23. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 23
24. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 24
25. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 25
26. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 26
27. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 27
28. Book 1 - Youth - Chapter 28
29. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 1
30. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 2
31. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 3
32. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 4
33. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 5
34. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 6
35. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 7
36. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 8
37. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 9
38. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 10
39. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 11 Part 1
40. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 11 Part 2
41. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 12
42. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 13
43. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 14
44. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 15
45. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 16
46. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 17
47. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 18
48. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 19
49. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 20
50. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 21
51. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 22
52. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 23
53. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 24
54. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 25
55. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 26
56. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 27
57. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 28
58. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 29
59. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 30
60. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 31
61. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 32
62. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 33
63. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 34
64. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 35
65. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 36
66. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 37
67. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 38
68. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 39
69. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 40
70. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 41
71. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 42
72. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 43
73. Book 2 - Struggle - Chapter 44
74. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 1
75. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 2
76. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 3
77. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 4
78. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 5
79. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 6
80. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 7
81. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 8
82. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 9
83. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 10
84. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 11
85. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 12
86. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 13
87. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 14
88. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 15
89. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 16
90. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 17
91. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 18
92. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 19
93. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 20
94. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 21
95. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 22
96. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 23
97. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 24
98. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 25
99. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 26
100. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 27
101. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 28
102. Book 3 - Revolt - Chapter 29
103. L'ENVOI

(*) Your listen progress will be continuously saved. Just bookmark and come back to this page and continue where you left off.

Genres

Summary

"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 to New York where Eugene attempts to make a better living in the advertising world. Book III chronicles the deterioration of Eugene and Angela's marriage as he begins an affair with Suzanne Dale. (wikipedia)