The Genius


The "Genius" is a semi-autobiographical novel by Theodore Dreiser, first published in 1915. It concerns Eugene Witla, a talented painter of strong sexual desires who grapples with his commitment to his art and the force of his erotic needs. The book sold 8,000 copies in the months immediately following publication but encountered legal difficulties when it was declared potentially obscene. When The "Genius" was reissued by a different publisher, the firm of Horace Liveright, it immediately sold more than 40,000 copies.


5"x7.5" - 15th printing. Pages clean, no writing. Edgewear on cover, fading and soiling on spine. 


  • The Genius
  • Theodore Dreiser
  • Horace Liverlight, 1915