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An American Tragedy
     

An American Tragedy

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by Theodore Dreiser
 

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The classic depiction of the harsh realities of American life, the dark side of the American Dream, and one man's doomed pursuit of love and success...

"Mr. Dreiser is not imitative and belongs to no school. He is at heart a mysticist and a fatalist, though using the realistic method. He is, on the evidence of this novel alone, a power."-The New York Times

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The classic depiction of the harsh realities of American life, the dark side of the American Dream, and one man's doomed pursuit of love and success...

"Mr. Dreiser is not imitative and belongs to no school. He is at heart a mysticist and a fatalist, though using the realistic method. He is, on the evidence of this novel alone, a power."-The New York Times Book Review

Editorial Reviews

Robert L. Dufus
An American Tragedy is not to be recommended as fireside reading for the tired business man: yet, as a portrayal of one of the darker phases of the American character, it demands attention. -- Books of the Century; New York Times review January 1926

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780848822538
Publisher:
Amereon LTD.
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
832

Meet the Author

Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945) was an American author and an outstanding representative of naturalism, whose novels depict real-life subjects in a harsh light. Dreiser's novels, particularly Sister Carrie, were held to be amoral, and he battled throughout his career against censorship and popular taste.

Dan John Miller has earned multiple Audie Award nominations, winning for The Wrecking Crew by Kent Hartman; has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine; and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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An American Tragedy 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
ReadingfreakLA More than 1 year ago
Theadore Dreiser got scarcely a mention during American Lit Class when I was in high school. I had mistaken classified him as an early American writer. So I was surprised to learn that he wrote An American Tragedy in 1938 while in Hollywood, working for a film company. I was also pleasantly surprised to find it one of the best books I've read in several years. Drieser's book is a fascinating character study in the psychology of crime, and also a snapshot on how much the culture has changed in its social attitudes toward sex outside of marriage and pregancy. Based on an actual murder case which occurred in the early 20th Century,it reflects the ambition and attitudes of class consciousness that was the dark side of "the American Dream". At 800-plus pages, it is a little long, but a superbly written book. It is well worth the time and effort. I give it an A.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the first 50 pages are somewhat slow moving, if you push forward you will find a true literary treasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story that most have seen as society corrupting and destoying a young man. I see it as the story of a young man with a deeply flawed character who was doomed by his own actions. The point is that this book, like any great story, can be studied on many levels and from many points of view.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Deeply engrossing with superb character development. Well worth the time and effort. A deep exploration of the human character. Sorry I waited so long to read it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a high school student and chose to read this for my book report. I get bored easily and found that I could not put this novel down. It is a wonderful portrayal of the regression of an average American boy into a hardened criminal. Dreiser should be commended for his dark yet substantially interesting novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An American Tragedy was probably better when it was breaking new ground. I just wanted to get on with it, so I wouldn't have to spend so much time turning the compost heap of Clyde Griffith's psyche.