The nineteen-twenties inaugurated a more flourishing period of American fiction than any Dreiser had previously known. Several of his near contemporaries were coming into their own with a wider public. His most devoted followers, especially Sherwood Anderson, were growing up around him. Among the many new talents which made this decade one of the richest in our literary history, both realists like Sinclair Lewis and naturalists like Dos Passos were conscious of how much Dreiser had helped to prepare their way.
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