McTeague: A Story of San Francisco (Norton Critical Edition)

McTeague: A Story of San Francisco (Norton Critical Edition)

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McTeague: A Story of San Francisco (Norton Critical Edition) by Frank Norris

Inspired by an actual crime that was sensationalized in the San Francisco papers, this novel tells the story of charlatan dentist McTeague and his wife Trina, and their spiralling descent into moral corruption. Norris is often considered to be the "American Zola," and this passionate tale of greed, degeneration, and death is one of the most purely naturalistic American novels of the nineteenth century. It is also one of the first major works of literature set in California, and it provided the story for Erich von Stroheim's classic of the silent screen, Greed.

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ISBN-13: 9780393091366
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/1977
Series: American Library
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Alfred Kazin (1915–1998) was one of the most distinguished literary critics of the twentieth century. His numerous books include the highly acclaimed On Native Ground: An Interpretation of Modern American Prose Literature.

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An unflinchingly realistic portrayal of the moral descent of a San Francisco dentist, McTeague, first published in 1899, helped to propel American literature into the twentieth century. “The novel glows in a light that makes it the first great tragic portrait in America of an acquisitive society,” writes Alfred Kazin in the Introduction to this Modern Library Paperback Classic. “McTeague’s San Francisco is the underworld of that society, and the darkness of its tragedy, its pitilessness, its grotesque humor, is like the rumbling of hell. Nothing is more remarkable in the book than the detachment with which Norris saw it—a tragedy almost literally classic in the Greek sense of the debasement of a powerful man—and nothing gives it so much power.”

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McTeague: A Story of San Francisco (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Riveting is right! One would never know that this book was originally published in 1899. It reads like a modern novel, and I found it extremely hard to put down. You have a sensation of being carried from page to page by the author, without being aware of the words which transport you. The psychological tension was built very artfully. And it was so delightful to read about everyday life in San Francisco in the 1890's -- I went out and bought some genuine San Francisco Anchor steam beer afterwards! The story was so popular that one director created a 10-hour B&W silent version of the book in the 1920's! This was the first book I read by Frank Norris, and I was oh so pleasantly surprised. What a tragedy that Norris died at the age of 32 what a wealth of fine literature he could have provided us. This is a great book on many levels, and the B&N Library of Essential Reading edition is especially handsome and readable.
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Nestor_J More than 1 year ago
Its a great read; felt sort of like a precursor to The Great Gatsby.
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Okami slowly wraps his arms around her. Then the teacher clears her throat. "Mr. Okami and Ms. Zawa. Would you two like to go to the Principle to talk about your violation of the rule of no PDA?" Okami reluctantly lets Zawa go, and she does the same. Okami sits down in the seat next to her, and she stretches out her leg, resting it against his knee. Then the bell rang for lunch. They go to the lunchroom. As they pass a couple of boys, the taller one sticks his foot out, tripping Zawa and causing her to fall.****** post your part on the usual book.
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