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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User Review  - bookworm12 - LibraryThing

Based on the real life criminal Chester Gillette, who was convicted of murdering Grace Brown in 1906, Dreiser’s Clyde Griffiths is a complex picture of the American dream gone wrong. There is perhaps ... Read full review

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User Review  - David.Alfred.Sarkies - LibraryThing

I'm sort of in two minds about this book myself. While it is a tragedy in the traditional sense, it does not really stand up to the great tragedies of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and the Greeks. The story ... Read full review

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