Courage in Language and Thought – The Dreiser Legacy

“Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.”
Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser is a nationally renowned writer who was born in Terre Haute in 1871. He is the author of eight novels, many short stories and at least 15 non-fiction works. His novels, Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy, have been translated into over 20 languages and are on virtually every list of the most important novels of the 20th century. In addition, Dreiser’s ground-breaking work in fiction defined American Naturalism and inspired not only his contemporaries but continues to inspire writers in the 21st century.


Courage in Language and Thought – The Dreiser Legacy is our working title for the future sculpture. The sculpture will be located on the grounds of the Vigo County Public Library, adjacent to its north (Walnut Street) entrance. The area around the sculpture will be designed as a place for learning, reflection and dialogue; and it will be fully accessible.

This sculpture will become the third on the “Cultural Trail,” which was established when Max Ehrmann at the Crossroads was installed in 2010. The second, A Song for Indiana, was installed in 2014 in Fairbanks Park, honoring Dreiser’s brother, composer Paul Dresser.

Significant gifts to Courage in Language and Thought – The Dreiser Legacy that have come from foundations as well as several individuals have enabled us to reach 95% of our goal. We are asking for your help in reaching the $4,500 needed to begin the sculpture.

We welcome contributions in any amount and would be delighted to discuss the project with you at any time. Feel free to give us a call at (812) 235-2801 (Extension 4). Gifts at the $500 level will be recognized on a permanent plaque at the site, as well as in other promotional materials.

Through this project the community will celebrate the important legacy of a cultural figure whose contributions to literature reflect positively on Terre Haute throughout the world. Thank you very much for your consideration.

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