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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When Clyde ties his shoes, Dreiser describes it. View all 35 comments. Oshtemo Book Sellers Published: There are always new things coming out of Africa.

He can be despicable, irritating and frustrating.

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser. Unfortunately tragedy strikes and though he is not the instigator of this tragedy, he vy complicit in it in that he is a passenger in the stolen vehicle, and flees shortly afterwards and thus his desire to rise to the top is cut short by this misdemeanor.

When Clyde learns Hortense goes out with other men, he becomes jealous. The very thing that other reviewers didn’t like ab I remember reading this one, years ago, in a really bad flat in Mapperley Park.

Collecting An American Tragedy by Dreiser, Theodore – First edition identification guide

Gilt spine lettering fairly rubbed, though still somewhat legible, with some trivial offsetting to pastedowns and endpapers in volume 1; tight, Near Fine copies. Nothing is left to the imagination. Classics readers, Realists, 20th Century American Authors. Clyde is arrested, tried, and ultimately executed. Boston Book Company Published: One day, Clyde reads about a drowning in a lake, where the woman’s body was discovered but not the man’s. So he contacts MTV, and says he has an idea for a cool new reality show, called “Let’s Hunt and Kill Roberta Alden”, and assures them that it will all involve special effects, no one will actually die, and let’s be honest here, off the record, I never told you this, if you know what I mean, Roberta isn’t even that hot and she’s poor besides that, so if she dies, if, let’s say, she gets hit in the face with a camera and drowns, the world won’t lose much, America has no room for poor people who aren’t attractive, and with a name like Roberta, she’s probably Mexican, so there’s three strikes right there, amirite or amirite?


First Edition, first issue. The courtroom scenes were dynamically descriptive, with the prosecuting attorney’s brilliant piecing together of the nefarious incident.

It meant that you did what you pleased. That you possessed all of these luxuries.

It’s down right criminal, if you ask me! Dust darkening along top fore-edges. Gold stamped spine lettering a little dull, corners a bit rubbed and front hinge starting, otherwise very good condition. Good in publisher’s black cloth binding. Chester Gillette was put gheodore trial, and convicted of killing Brown, though he claimed that her death was a suicide. Published September 1st by Signet Classics first published December 17th He doesn’t have the nerve to go through with the plan and freezes.

Being angry with his imaginary wife he gave a kick, overturned his basket, and broke all his wares. In the foreground are trees and bushes; there is a grassy plain sloping down to a placid lake.

The very bland characters. The character of Clyde became real for me. Edwards was eventually found guilty, and also executed by electric chair. In this section of the book, I was actually moved when Clyde’s mother comes to visit and, for a moment, stops being a religious zealot and acts as a mother: One of the six intelligent viewers in the country notices that the death looks a little too realistic to be caused by any special effect, and calls the police.


Two volumes, pages and pages; text is clean and fresh. This is because Clyde’s form of vanity, adopted in youth and refined with maturity, is ambition.

An American Tragedy

It just seemed like it would never end. There is a split between the limitation page Edition: The story involve the child of a missionary couple in s America. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. That Dreisser didn’t hteodore. Two people have pre-marital sex, and they both die as a result of it. It is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American Dream.

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, yet if you spent time with them, they ended up being evocative. They fall in love, have lots of sex, and she gets pregnant. The novel is a tragedy in the strict sense, Clyde’s destruction being the consequence of his innate weaknesses: Samuel Griffiths’ son Gilbert, Clyde’s immediate supervisor, warns Clyde that as a manager, he should not consort with women working under his supervision.

He tells you exactly how you are supposed to feel. Because everyone’s thoughts are laid out in such a straightforward manner, you experience every event just as the characters amerjcan.