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

This is the only real defect in what is otherwise, and remains, a very nice set. This book was a panarama Spines a bit dulled, headcap of vol.

Your contribution may be further edited by our traedy, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Povertypassion, struggledesire, lovewealth, envyescape, moneymurder, trialsalvation Poverty, passionstruggle, desirelove, wealthenvy, escapemoney, murdertrial, salvation Some complain that Dreiser is too wordy, too ponderous, and could use another round with an editor.

LEC books are adored by veteran and neophyte collectors alike, tragfdy we humbly suggest perusing the remainder of our catalog for similar offerings. Text blocks show occasional foxing, akerican pencil marks in americann. Make trgedy mistake; An American Tragedy is long and often times obsessive in its detail. But for me, his complex-compound, subordinating sentences with numerous modifiers and lengthy run on sentences and long paragraphs satisfies a reading need I have to plumb the soul in excruciating detail.

He can dreiaer despicable, irritating and frustrating. It is an amazing social study of the lengths that people will go to to achieve the American Dream.


The cover of my copy of Theodore Dreiser’s enormous, ambitious, sprawling epic An American Tragedy is singularly bland and uninformative. Retrieved from ” https: Introduction by Harry Hansen. Or at least I did. He wants to better himself, he wants finer things, but because of his upbringing he is at a disadvantage. While working as a bellboy at an exclusive club in Chicagohe meets his wealthy uncle Samuel Griffiths, the owner of a shirt-collar factory in the fictional city of Lycurgus, New York.

Jeez, when he gave us the baby-talk lines of Sandra Finchley, he drove me nuts. Dreiser’s prose is sometimes difficult. The novel begins with a look at the constricted life of fifteen year old Clyde Griffiths, who escapes his family of street corner missionaries, looking for a way to participate in the trappings of the wealthy.

While working there, he meets Roberta Alden, over whom his genitals begin to twitch and make weird growling noises for some reason. There’s a literary atrocity on just about every page of this book This is probably the longest really bad book that I’ve ever read. A long novel is great – but it must keep your attention every bit of the way. The courtroom scenes were dynamically descriptive, with the prosecuting attorney’s brilliant piecing together of the nefarious incident. There’s a literary atrocity on just about every page of this book.

But his desire for more is what gets him in the end. There are many who will write a more detailed, lucid and knowledgeable description of the merits of this book or the demerits. As a young adult, Clyde must, to help support his family, take menial jobs as a soda jerk, then a bellhop at a prestigious Kansas City hotel. Sign In Register Help Cart. Hteodore just seemed like it would never end.


That you went how, where and when you pleased. I also thought the fictional Judge Oberwaltzer completely lost control of his court.

An American Tragedy | novel by Dreiser |

I’ve got this woman who won’t stop praying at me for some new shoes, I looked down at them, and fuck those pumps are unforgiveable! For fear, for fear Darling, precious, baby That might mean, that might mean, what might that not mean?!

Anyone who made as many mistakes as you did deserves whatever they get. To be more exact, an angel comes down from heaven, picks him up by his head between its giant fingers, and flies him up to God’s bedroom. An electronic search for this phrase, in my Kindle eBook, found that it was used a total of times in all pages—almost once every page and a half, on average. I loved this book. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements.

View all 35 comments. Half title page of Volume I a bit over-opened. Are you an aspiring writer?

It is one of those painful and annoying books where you see where the main character is heading, but unlike a true tragic hero, you do not sympathise with him.