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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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First edition, first issue. They look for a doctor to perform an abortion, to no avail. Books are in near fine condition in original dark brown cloth covered boards. Yet in my moments of weakness, when I felt like I just couldn’t go on, the story of Clyde Griffiths and his struggle to claw his way up the American social ladder was enough to keep me going.

Right now, in fact. How else could I have willingly suffered through all pages of it. In the foreground are trees and bushes; there is a grassy plain sloping down to a placid lake.

Cloth with light stains, edge of page block a bit dust soiled. His sentences are clunky and ill fitting. Previous owners’ names appear in ink on front endpaper.

With the rise of computers and information systems, it is much easier to keep track of people, and their records, than it was back in the 20s, or even in the 50s. Do people complain that the dinner parties you write about take longer to read than they would to actually happen in real life?


His execution is good. I judged bt book by its cover. I rubbed, else clean, very good plus.

An American Tragedy

While this was also true in the 50s and the 90s, the fifties seem to reflect a time when America was at its peak, and opportunities were open to all, while by the 90s many of these doors had decisively traged shut. Copy ofissued unsigned as Marsh died before publication.

Second Life Books Inc Published: This is what happens! Discreet bookseller’s sticker on the rear paste-downs. There, in the americna, I could see, faintly, what appeared to be three brushstrokes one horizontal, two vertical resembling two people on a canoe.

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Everyone but Sparser and his partner flee the scene of the crime. It does have content. Views Read Edit View history. Boni and Liveright, New York, Near fine 2 volume set in scarce original slipcase box. Americab limited edition from the first printing of the same year was declared obscene and banned in Boston. Complete in Two Volumes. When Clyde ties his shoes, Dreiser describes traegdy. In this story, Chester is Clyde Griffiths, a poor boy, son of itinerant street preachers, who pulls himself off the streets with the help of a wealthy uncle.

Battle between natu Okay folks, only my second 5 star rating in the last 54 novels! Good lawyering, Mason, glad theidore finally woke up. I rubbed, else clean, Edition: Every character’s motivations and feelings are laid out with no ambiguities. He was a Republican because his father before him was a Republican and because this county was Republican.


In Chicago, Clyde chances to meet Samuel Griffiths, his rich uncle, who is a collar maker shirt collars, that is in Lycurgus, New York. First Edition, First Printing 1st Printing. By why don’t I detest him? We are taught what we want by other people.

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So, despite the title, I don’t see this story as a tragedy at all. The last portion of the book is especially gripping as we learn Clyde’s fate. Dreiser’s massive novel resonates with me. Young Clyde is given a chance to succeed by his uncle Samuel, the only instance in the novel where anyone is given a chance to rise in society. A dramatic story, it was based on a real life murder trial of the s, and the success of Dreiser’s novel saw it made into a film in the s — A Place in the Sunwhich starred Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters and Theofore Taylor.