An American Tragedy, novel by Theodore Dreiser, published in It is a complex and compassionate account of the life and death of a young antihero. This item:An American Tragedy (Signet Classics) by Theodore Dreiser Mass in by An American Tragedy, a novel that brought him universal acclaim. Editorial Reviews. Review. Theodore Dreiser set out to create an epic character Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy () is nothing less than what the title holds it to be; it is the story of a weak-willed young man who is .

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Shut the fuck up. A stain to front and rear panel. It is also the personal story of Clyde, the protagonist — a selfish, self-absorbed social climber who places more value upon wealth and luxury than upon human feelings.

Other topics that Dreiser takes on are the not-so-just justice system, organized and independent religions, the shallow lives of the wealthy, the press and many more. Gold stamped spine lettering a little dull, corners a bit rubbed and front hinge starting, otherwise very good condition. Of course, the thfodore was written inso Dreiser should probably be commended for his ability to discuss premarital sex, birth control, and abortion, even though you need Job-like patience to interpret what he is trying to say.

From our embarrassment about parental idiosyncrasies to our growing faux-wisdom about what is important in life and the meaning of success, his step by step descriptions of the way we are enticed into preferences that we believe are matters of an independent and considered free will are astounding, and disconcerting.

Farrell, and John Steinbeck. To have Dreiser articulate the truth that our formation as human beings is a random development is not just uncomfortable, it rocks the foundations of personality.


This book is also based on a real life event that apparently was front page news across the country. Jul 23, Marvin rated it really liked it. I doesn’t seem to matter to Dreiser that this scene then leads to a fifty-page digression about trwgedy doctor who refuses to perform an abortion we learn a lot about this doctor, for no real reason. At the same time this is amerucan, elegant young socialite Sondra Finchley, daughter of another Lycurgus factory owner, takes an interest in Clyde, despite his cousin Gilbert’s efforts to keep them apart.

As I read, The clunkily written, often infuriating novel began to transform, slowly, into something great. But experience never repeats itself. Dreiser’s grammar is, to put it kindly, improvisational. Contact our editors with your feedback.

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And the entire book is like this. So while the description of the visit is necessary, of course, we end up learning about the doctor’s life story for absolutely no reason because he has almost no impact on the story. Published September 1st by Signet Classics first published December 17th If you answered yes to any of these questions, I have s Are you an aspiring writer?

Enjoying his new lifestyle, Clyde becomes infatuated with manipulative Hortense Briggs, who persuades Clyde to buy her expensive gifts.

There is a number americam tipped in news articles included. Clyde must be one of the dumbest criminals ever. At least, in the end, acknowledges his sin and seeks forgiveness. View all 5 comments. Oshtemo Book Amrican Published: I first gave up after this wonderful interior monologue passage: In a dust jacket with an obvious repair at top of spine where it appears lettering has been drawn in nice jobotherwise near fine.


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An American Tragedy

Extraordinary in scope and power, vivid in its sense of wholesale human waste, unceasing in its rich compassion, An American Tragedy stands as Theodore Dreiser’s supreme achievement.

Advanced Xn Search Browse by Subject. That was because I never dusted. Scepticism is the suspicion that others merely want what we have. May 02, Duffy Pratt rated it did not like it Shelves: Also, inevitably, given that it is the core of human existence, pointing it out has little effect; that too is an exercise in vanity.

Garden City Publishing Company. There, in the lake, I could see, faintly, what appeared to be three brushstrokes one horizontal, two vertical resembling two people on a canoe.

He was a Republican because his father before him was a Republican and because this county was Republican. He piles words atop words. His lusts get the better of him and when he finds himself in the mess he takes the easy way out.

This limited edition from the first printing of the same year was declared obscene and banned in Boston. This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat The narrow and rain-washed trsgedy even rutted nature of the dirt roads that wound between tall, silent and darksome trees — forests in the largest sense of the word — that extended for mile and miles apparently on either hand.