Amerikanskai︠a︡ tragedii︠a︡






By:Teodor Draĭzer

Translated Title:American tragedy

Publisher:Izdatelʹstvo "Ė"

Subject:Historical novel; young men; Triangles (Interpersonal relations), social life and culture of New York (State) approximately 1920-s to 1950's; murder trial; social classes


On one level, An American Tragedy is the story of the corruption and destruction of one man, Clyde Griffiths, who forfeits his life in desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, the novel represents a massive portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's tawdry 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.

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