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An American Tragedy : Signet Classics - Theodore Dreiser

An American Tragedy

Signet Classics

Paperback Published: 3rd August 2010
ISBN: 9780451531551
Number Of Pages: 870
For Ages: 18+ years old

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A tremendous bestseller when it was published in 1925, "An American Tragedy" is the culmination of Theodore Dreiser's elementally powerful fictional art.

Taking as his point of departure a notorious murder case of 1910, Dreiser immersed himself in the social background of the crime to produce a book that is both a remarkable work of reportage and a monumental study of character. Few novels have undertaken to track so relentlessly the process by which an ordinary young man becomes capable of committing a ruthless murder, and the further process by which social and political forces come into play after his arrest.

In Clyde Griffiths, the impoverished, restless offspring of a family of street preachers, Dreiser created an unforgettable portrait of a man whose circumstances and dreams of self-betterment conspire to pull him toward an act of unforgivable violence. Around Clyde, Dreiser builds an extraordinarily detailed fictional portrait of early twentieth-century America, its religious and sexual hypocrisies, its economic pressures, its political corruption. The sheer prophetic amplitude of his bitter truth-telling, in idiosyncratic prose of uncanny expressive power, continues to mark Dreiser as a crucially important American writer.

"An American Tragedy," the great achievement of his later years, is a work of mythic force, at once brutal and heartbreaking.

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A work of mythic force, at once brutal and heartbreaking.

ISBN: 9780451531551
ISBN-10: 0451531558
Series: Signet Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 870
Published: 3rd August 2010
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 10.8  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.42