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An American Tragedy (Signet Classics) (original 1925; edition 2000)

by Theodore Dreiser, Richard Lingeman (Introduction)

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Title:An American Tragedy (Signet Classics)
Authors:Theodore Dreiser
Other authors:Richard Lingeman (Introduction)
Info:Signet Classics (2000), Edition: X, Mass Market Paperback, 880 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:novel, murder, rags to riches, American dream, psychological

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An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (1925)


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Clyde Griffiths, a poor, uneducated, working class boy from the midwest, heads east to work for his wealthy uncle who owns a shirt collar factory in upstate New York. Excluded from social activities enjoyed by his relatives, Clyde is lonely but soon falls for Roberta, a pretty farm girl who works under him in the factory. Relationships between supervisors and workers are forbidden so they keep their relationship quiet. A little later Clyde becomes intrigued with Sondra Finchley, a local society girl who includes Clyde in outings initially to enrage Clyde's snobby cousin Gilbert Griffiths. Clyde, wanting very much to be part of high society, pursues Sondra with the hopes of marrying her. When Roberta gets pregnant, Clyde attempts to find a doctor to abort the pregnancy but has no success. Seeing no other way out, Clyde murders Roberta. Soon after Clyde is arrested, found guilty and ultimately goes to the electric chair. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Apr 5, 2016 |
To be honest, I skimmed the last several pages of this book. It was so long in the first place, and the last part was rehashing what happened in the first part. But, I am counting this as a book I have read, and the first 600 pages were quite interesting. This isn't going on my "recommend to others" list, simply because the last few hundred pages were so tedious, and I don't care to own it for my private book collection.

I did enjoy seeing the character of Clyde develop, loved watching him grow into the young man he turned out to be. I related to the loneliness that led to his choice for relationship, and thankfully could not relate to his choice concerning wealth. Fascinating character study and interesting commentary on social expectations, both outwardly and inwardly imposed. ( )
  MahanaU | Feb 26, 2016 |
Wow! Amazing writing and such an artfully developed character that I had a hard time accepting his getting the come-upanse for his actions. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Wow! Amazing writing and such an artfully developed character that I had a hard time accepting his getting the come-upanse for his actions. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
If you like Sister Carrie, you'll like this one, too. If you don't like Sister Carrie, you won't like this one either. Same basic premise, different characters. If you've never read Dreiser, start with Sister Carrie. It's about 500 pages shorter. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Theodore Dreiserprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kazin, AlfredIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Werumeus Buning, J.W.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Галь, НораTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Theodore Dreiser set out to create an epic character and, in the form of Clyde Griffiths in An American Tragedy, he succeeded. Griffiths is just a Midwest kid, the son of a preacher in Kansas City, who tastes a little sophistication and then hits the road seeking pleasure and success. He has his moments, conducting more than one romantic affair, until that ill-advised pursuit ensnares him. Then he reads about an "accident" of a young woman and ponders a dastardly deed ... Dreiser spins these scenes with the eye of a master in control of his form. An American Tragedy stands as an American masterpiece.

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The author's classic vision of the dark side of American life looks at the failings of the American dream, in the story of the rise and fall of Clyde Griffiths, who sacrifices everything in his desperate quest for success.

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