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LEWIS, Sinclair and DREISER, Theodore]
ORIGINAL NEWSPAPER ART Regarding the Famous Fight Between Lewis and Dreiser
1931. A 9-1/4" x 7" piece of mock-up art used for a newspaper illustration with a photo of Lewis with the caption "HE WHO GOT SLAPPED" and a photo of Dreiser with the caption "PUNCH IS MIGHTIER THAN PEN," along with drawings of men preparing to fight. On the verso is an actual newspaper clipping that used the art with an ink stamp stating "Received Examiner Reference Library Mar 21 1931." Perhaps the most famous literary fight of the 20th century occurred at a dinner honoring a Russian writer when Lewis, asked to speak, said, "But I do not care to speak in the presence of one man who has plagiarized 3,000 words from my wife’s book on Russia." Dorothy Thompson, his wife, had toured Russia in 1927 with a group of American writers that included Dreiser. She felt that Dreiser's book about the trip -- DREISER LOOKS AT RUSSIA -- borrowed liberally from her articles. After the dinner Dreiser confronted Lewis who called him a liar and cheat. In response Dreiser slapped him hard, twice, before others intervened. The plagiarism charge was later proved correct.
Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB [Fleetwood, PA, U.S.A.]
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