An American tragedy, Volume 2705

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World Pub. Co., 1926 - Fiction - 874 pages
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Taking as his point of departure a notorious murder case of 1910, [the author] immersed himself in the social background of the crime to produce a book that is both a ... work of reportage and a monumental study of character. [This novel tracks] 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, [the author] created [a] portrait of a man whose circumstances and dreams of self-betterment conspire to pull him toward an act of unforgivable violence. Around Clyde, [the author] builds [a] detailed fictional portrait of early twentieth-century America, its religious and sexual hypocrisies, its economic pressures, its political corruption.-Dust jacket.

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The character study of Clyde Griffits is captivating but he never does seem to reslove his quilt. Never acknowledges his child which was also part of the murder. It's whole different era but still a fasinating story. Read full review

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Clyde Griffiths, a poor, uneducated, working class boy from the midwest, heads east to work for his wealthy uncle who owns a shirt collar factory in upstate New York. Excluded from social activities ... Read full review

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