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An American Tragedy | [Theodore Dreiser]

An American Tragedy

An American Tragedy is the story of Clyde Griffiths, who spends his life in the desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, it is the masterful portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's ambitions and seal his fate; it is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American dream.
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An American Tragedy is the story of Clyde Griffiths, who spends his life in the desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, it is the masterful portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's ambitions and seal his fate; it is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American dream. Extraordinary in scope and power, vivid in its sense of wholesale human waste, unceasing in its rich compassion, An American Tragedy stands as Theodore Dreiser's supreme achievement.

First published in 1925 and based on an actual criminal case, An American Tragedy was the inspiration for the 1951 film A Place in the Sun, which won six Academy Awards and starred Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift.

©1925 Theodore Dreiser (P)2011 Tantor

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only it they had plenty of time on their hands.


    What was most disappointing about Theodore Dreiser’s story?

    The young man kept making the same mistakes, over and over.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only it it were abridged.


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    This was originally published as three volumes. The first one would have been adequate.

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