Thomas_DreiserTheodore Dreiser was an American journalist and novelist born in Terre Haute, Indiana to a Christian family. After completing just one year at Indiana University in 1890, Dreiser accepted a position at a Chicago newspaper and began a fruitful career. His most commercially successful novel, An American Tragedy (1925), is considered a classic in the naturalist literary tradition that he pioneered. 

Many of Dreiser's works dealt with issues of social injustice, which were also a key foundation of his personal politics. His gritty descriptions of modern life and willingness to explore taboo subjects such as sexual promiscuity made him a prime target for censorship. 

Dreiser eventually settled in Los Angeles, where two of his novels American Tragedy and Sister Carrie were made into films featuring notable actors such as Elisabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Laurence Olivier and Jennifer Jones.

A long-time critic of capitalism, Dreiser was a committed socialist and also wrote several non-fiction political books on the subject. These affiliations along with his various writings on topics thought to be "amoral" resulted in the banning and burning of his books in Nazi Germany.

Theodor Dreiser remained in Los Angeles until his death in 1945.