Courage in Language and Thought – The Dreiser Legacy

Theodore Dreiser, an internationally renowned writer born in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1871 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 more than 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.

“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

Urban Rock Design of Los Angeles, California, has been selected as the artist team for the sculpture.  Russell Rock and Jeanine Centuori, principals of Urban Rock, are currently fabricating the sculpture and a dedication date has tentatively been scheduled for May 2019.

Stay tuned for more on this project and associated educational events.