- Author: Theodore Dreiser
- Copyright: Public domain
- Published in: 1919
- Word count: 119,913 words (≈ about 8 hours)
Note: In 1919, having recently accepted the publishing contract of a new publisher, Dreiser proposed to publish a "book of characters" that would collect twelve biographical sketches of individuals who were major influences on Dreiser, both as a man and as a writer.