Noted author Theodore Dreiser lived in Glendale twice during his writing career. The first time, around 1919, he began sketching out the beginnings of his famous book “An American Tragedy.” Dreiser and his then-girlfriend, Helen Richardson, moved here from Hollywood.
“We were taken with Glendale’s homelike quality and nearness to Hollywood,” she wrote in her 1951 book, “My life with Theodore Dreiser.”
The couple bought a white cottage with green shutters and awnings for $4,500 near Pioneer Drive and Columbus Avenue. They purchased bedroom furniture, but had no other furniture, so Dreiser sat and wrote in a small breakfast nook in a corner of the kitchen. There, she continued, he worked on several projects including what eventually became “An American Tragedy.”