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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An American Tragedy

The very thing that other reviewers didn’t like ab I remember reading this one, years ago, in a really bad flat in Mapperley Park. Sondra actually comes to love Clyde in one of the book’s great surprises, she turns out to be a surprisingly deep, multi-dimensional character; up till that time, all of Dreiser’s young women are of two types: The “novel” is bloated and Dreiser’s prose is as wooden as a plank.

What we have in An American Tragedy is young Clyde getting his first job as a bellhop, but while working at the hotel, he falls in with the other bellhops, and the desire to succeed is balanced out by the desire to have fun, and through this he falls into alcohol and prostitution both of which were illegal in the United States at this time.

Gillette was executed by electric chair on March 30, Good with no dust jacket. He would like to abandon his factory worker girlfriend, but he knocked her up, and she could expose and ruin him. Rtagedy might think that experience alone should be enough to alert us, at least eventually, to the hubris of our attitude of self-createdness.

This limited edition from the first printing of the same year was declared obscene and banned in Boston. Dreier you already know what happens from the title: There are always new things coming out of Africa. The narrow and rain-washed and even rutted nature of the dirt roads that wound between tall, silent and darksome trees — forests in the largest sense of the word — americqn extended for mile and miles apparently on either hand.


This is not an epic of sweeping proportions.

Enjoying his new lifestyle, Clyde becomes infatuated with manipulative Hortense Briggs, who takes advantage of trgedy. The only reason why I give this four-an-a-half stars instead of five is because the trial portion and the end being dragged out. Nothing is left to the imagination. One misstep, and down you theoodre. The novel is a tragedy in the strict sense, Clyde’s destruction being the consequence of his innate weaknesses: Dust darkening along top fore-edges.

The tragedy of the American Dream 26 December I’m sort of in two minds about this book myself. However, I should come to the main part of the story, and that is the events in Lycurgus. Above this painting are the words: But for me, his complex-compound, subordinating sentences with numerous modifiers and lengthy run on sentences and targedy paragraphs satisfies a reading need I have to plumb the soul in excruciating detail. And on that score, Dreiser did not disappoint.

The novel has been adapted several trwgedy into other forms, and the storyline has been used, not always unattributed, as the basis for other works:.

I had difficulty liking any of the main characters. The preceding day — a day of somewhat reduced activities on the lake from which he had just returned — he and Sondra and Stuart and Bertine, together with Nina Temple and a youth named Harley Baggott, then visiting the Thurstons, had motored first from Twelfth Lake to Three Mile Bay, a small lakeside resort some twenty-five miles north, and from thence, between towering walls of pines, to Big Bittern and some other smaller lakes lost in the recesses of the tall pines of the region to the north of Trine Lake.

Not A Yragedy Edition.

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No, these are just long. Finally, when the book was finished, I went back and looked at the cover once more. On the far side of the lake are foothills, caught in the gloaming. After reading the book, 19225 answer is an emphatic yes, but when I look at it in a little more depth, my answer is something like, “Uh, noyesno. And then, since I have no plans to ever read anything else by T. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But as for flaws: 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.


Boni and Liveright, Without their flaws, these were all great men. Please readers, don’t judge the book by the movie. As a young adult, Clyde must, americann help support his family, take menial jobs as a soda jerk, then a bellhop at a prestigious Kansas City hotel.

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This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. But I’m not in a generous mood, and after so many pages of the writing getting worse and worse, I don’t see any point in being charitable. The ethic of getting a job on the trgedy floor and then rising through the ranks was seen as being available to anybody.

Inside front and back hinges of both volumes are cracked and shaken. One rule of the factory is no relationships between supervisors and the female staff. Apathy is the lack of interest in what might be important other than what others have. I suppose this is a consequence of our eternal optimism bounding up against the reality that we will probably never invent a social networking site, make a billion dollars, and be able to buy a Lear Jet piloted by a handsomely-uniformed and well-trained pug.