Carmen by Prosper Mérimée

By Prosper Mérimée

'Elle avait dans les cheveux un gros bouquet de jasmin, dont les pétales exhalent le soir une odeur enivrante. Elle était simplement, peut-être pauvrement vêtue, tout en noir [...]. C'était une beauté étrange et sauvage, une determine qui étonnait d'abord, mais qu'on ne pouvait oublier. Ses yeux surtout avaient une expression à l. a. fois voluptueuse et farouche que je n'ai trouvée depuis à aucun regard humain.'

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He was, for the order of intellect represented, attractive, and whatever he had to recommend him, you may be sure was not lost upon Carrie, in this, her first glance. Lest this order of individual should permanently pass, let me put down some of the most striking characteristics of his most successful manner and method. Good clothes, of course, were the first essential, the things without which he was nothing. A strong physical nature, actuated by a keen desire for the feminine, was the next. A mind free of any consideration of the problems or forces of the world and actuated not by greed, but an insatiable love of variable pleasure.

1928 Dreiser Looks at Russia, an account of Dreiser舗s visit to the Soviet Union, is published. 1929 Dreiser publishes A Gallery of Women, a two-volume collection of fifteen fictionalized profiles of women he has either known or wants to celebrate. The American stock market collapses, initiating the Great Depression. Thomas Wolfe publishes Look Homeward Angel. By observing distant galaxies, Edwin Hubble determines that the universe is expanding. 1931 Dreiser publishes the anti-capitalist treatise Tragic America and a memoir titled Dawn: An Autobiography of Early Youth.

His stint as a reporter on newspapers in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis honed his writing skills and gave him a daily front-row seat to witness舒and to reflect on舒the casualties of social turmoil. He covered the bitterly violent tram strike in Akron, Ohio, and sympathized with the plight of the exploited workers and their families who fought the intransigent corporations, Pinkerton guards, and scabs so desperate for work they would risk their lives for a paltry few dollars. Dreiser舗s beat ranged far and wide.

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