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 by Theodore Dreiser

But what of the characters? His sentences are long and dense and in plus pages I didn’t find one memorable passage or quotable quote. Wikipedia Bright and fine in bright dust jackets much nicer than usually seen. There is no aristocracy, but we driser still not a classless society. He can be despicable, irritating and frustrating.

Every character’s motivations and feelings are laid out with no ambiguities. This special edition of Dreiser’ s classic story of love and murder based on the actual homicide of Grace Brown in the Adirondacks in and subsequently made into the classic Hollywood film staring Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor.

I sensed that this was another of those typically American, Gatsby-like novels in which the hero follows that great capitalist arc of rags-to-r This book sat on my shelf for 12 years because I defied my mother’s advice: The novel has been adapted several times into other forms, and the storyline has been used, not always unattributed, as the basis for other works:.


Whether the outcome of this novel is to your liking or not, it is still worthy of profound appreciation.

He is not a great writer. It is narrated by an omniscient author, which makes it as creiser as if the readers were eye-witnesses. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

The jacket on volume one with chip at base of spine filled in but otherwise both jackets 1295 very nearly fine. Here you have to trudge through a million lines. As the ancient writer of the book of Ecclesiastes knew so clearly: I’m a little disappointed that Dreiser chickens out when it comes to Clyde’s ultimate depravity.

It shifts points of view several times in one chapter, sometimes even in one page.

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Comes in a custom-made collector’s slipcase. He is indirect and repetitive. Povertypassion, struggledesire, lovewealth, envyescape, moneymurder, trialsalvation Poverty, passionstruggle, desirelove, wealthenvy, escapemoney, murdertrial, salvation Some complain that Traagedy is too wordy, too ponderous, and could use another round with an editor.

It got a horrible grade, and I may or may not have failed the class, but that’s only because the professor didn’t understand its masterful prose and profound discussion of the ideas of the book: Common defects include wear and darkening to the slipcase and cover, a missing slipcase, missing panels, and age-tanning evident on the pages.


An American Tragedy

Are you an aspiring writer? However, the New York Griffiths do not fully embrace Clyde, and he is still poor. This novel has been called “the worst-written great novel of all time. There is a split between the limitation page and the title page in Vol. He writes in a passive voice, often in the negative.


Nothing is out of place in their demeanor. This is because Clyde’s form of vanity, adopted in youth and refined with maturity, is ambition. Hemingway could write long sentences that were still punchy and forceful by the end; Penn Warren had beautiful looping sentences; Faulkner’s sentences were long and tangled and difficult to unpack, theodre if you spent time with them, they ended up being evocative.

Thomas Savage, Bookseller Drwiser First Edition, First Printing 1st Printing. Next up is his next most famous book, Sister Carrie.

He tells you exactly what happens, step by step. The “novel” is bloated and Dreiser’s prose is as wooden as a plank. An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser