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First edition
First edition

An Amateur Laborer is an autobiographical book by Theodore Dreiser.

Overview


Although started in 1904, it was only published posthumously in 1983.[1]

The book is an autobiographical account of a three-year struggle with neurasthenia[1] in the aftermath of Sister Carrie 's financial failure.[2] After being constantly turned down for publications while living in Brooklyn, Dreiser finds a job as a manual worker on a railroad.[2] Eventually, his brother Paul Dresser sends him to a health resort, leading to his replenished morale.[2]

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