Thomas Dixon


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born in North Carolina, was a Baptist minister and lyceum lecturer before he became an author. His most sensational novels are the trilogy The Leopard's Spots (1902), The Clansman (1905), and The Traitor (1907), extremist Southern views of the Reconstruction era, vigorously antiblack and strongly supportive of the original Ku Klux Klan. Of his 20 novels, all are tracts for his social views, and many concerned with contemporary issues, opposing feminism, socialism, and pacifism, among other matters. After the success of D. W. Griffith's adaptation of The Clansman as The Birth of a Nation (1915), Dixon made five films at his own Los Angeles studio, all based on his novels.

Subjects: Literature.

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