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Library of America #140: Dreiser American Tragedy

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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 tremendous best-seller when it was published in 1925,

About the Author

Thomas P. Riggio, editor, is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut and general editor of the Dreiser Edition at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently working on a biography of Theodore Dreiser, Ugly American: A Life of Dreiser.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931082310
Editor:
Dreiser, Theodore
Author:
Riggio, Thomas P.
Author:
Dreiser, Theodore
Publisher:
Library of America
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Triangles
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Library of America (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
0607140
Publication Date:
20030310
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
960
Dimensions:
8.22x5.22x1.26 in. 1.35 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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