DescriptionTheodore Dreiser. The Carnegie Works at Pittsburgh. Chelsea, NY: Privately printed, 1927. First edition. One of 150 copies. Publisher's quarter beige cloth over pattern-paper boards. Touch of foxing to label, otherwise an excellent copy.
Theodore Dreiser. The Carnegie Works at Pittsburgh. Chelsea, NY: Privately printed, 1927.
Privately printed , Chelsea, NY, 1927. First edition. One of 150 copies. 38, , [1, colophon] pages. Decorations by Martha Colley.
Publisher's quarter beige cloth over pattern-paper boards, printed paper cover label. Touch of foxing to label, else and excellent copy.
Dreiser, one of the most important literary figures of the first part of the twentieth century, worked as a reporter for the Dispatch in Pittsburgh from 1892-1893. When Dreiser was in Pittsburgh, he did research on labor disputes that had culminated in the Great Strike of 1892 at Homestead. In 1899, he also wrote The Carnegie Works at Pittsburgh, which was privately published in 1927. In it, Dreiser extols Carnegie for his generosity to his workers and for his love of culture: "The company also shows a solicitude for the social welfare of its employees. Many years ago Mr. Carnegie founded and endowed a library and athletic club for its employees of the Edgar Thompson Works at Braddock, which cost him over $500,000. In November 1898 a similar institution was thrown open to the workmen at Homestead, it includes under one roof an extensive library, music hall with its pipe organ-an indispensable adjunct of every institution founded by Mr. Carnegie-a gymnasium, billiards room and a large swimming pool, also grounds nearby for outdoor athletics" (p. 37-38).
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