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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The result is as Thomas Hobbes imagined in the 16th century – a constant war of all against each other, waged without quarter.

Dreiser’s prose is sometimes difficult. To be more exact, an angel comes down from heaven, picks him up by his head between its giant fingers, and flies him up to God’s bedroom. When Roberta threatens to reveal her relationship with Clyde, unless he marries her, he plans to murder her by drowning while they go boating, having read a local newspaper report of a boating accident.

Clyde Griffiths is a young man, from the poor branch of his family but with ambitions of making the big-time; and seeks a start in his rich uncle’s factory.

An American Tragedy novel by Dreiser. They fall in love, have lots of sex, and she gets pregnant. In Chicago, Clyde chances to meet Samuel Griffiths, his rich trragedy, who is a collar maker shirt collars, that is in Lycurgus, New York.


The novel is loaded with symbolism and foreshadowing e. That is relatively short!

I also enjoyed it because even though I already had a vague idea how the story was going to end it’s based on the r I had no idea at the time I picked this up that it is supposed to be one of the most important American novels of the 20th century—and so I read it without any preconceptions, and enjoyed it all the better for that.

Dust jackets are lightly edge worn, toned at the spine and with a faint evidence of 19225 pencil mark to each, in a poor slip case, which is heavily worn, split at wn seams and amateurishly repaired elsewhere.

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

The book is unmarked except for what is noted. Quercus Rare Books Published: Dreiser’s massive novel resonates with me. It’s like a nightmare you can’t wake up from. Also, inevitably, given that it is the core of human existence, pointing it out has little effect; that too is an exercise in vanity. Steven Temple Books Published: LEC books are adored by veteran and neophyte collectors alike, and we humbly suggest perusing the remainder of our catalog for similar offerings.

In other words, they have sex.


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Books are very square and solid with sharp cover tips and spine ends are straight. An American Tragedy was an emotional rollercoaster. I feel that those dreiswr that focus on the crime sequence are the best of the whole novel.

Limited Editions Club, Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Around the Year i This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat And even as far as that goes, Thomas Hardy covered this same territory much better.

Mar 12, Richard Derus rated it liked it. You will dreizer see double-exclamation points, at though Dreiser let his kindergarten-age child write certain portions.

An American Tragedy

The “novel” is bloated and Dreiser’s prose is as wooden as a plank. Spines lightly darkened, page edges yellowed, attractive bookplates on pastedowns of Canadian collectors W. His execution is good. Jun 16, Wendolyn Aragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: There’s a literary atrocity on just about every page of this book This is probably the longest really bad book that I’ve ever read.