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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,712 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Theodore Dreiser Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • “As a portrayal of one of the darker phases of the American character, it demands attention.”

    New York Times

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alwa | 2/10/2014

    " Good stuff in here about struggling with the obvious effects of being born lower class in a society that claims it doesn't have classes. Slows way down when you get to the court scene (Let's rehash the entire book, but in bombastic, biased style! Twice! No thanks) and someone becomes a born-again Christian, which is just stupid. But the first 800 or so pages were pretty interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Andrew David | 2/6/2014

    " I heartily agree with Irving Howe's comparison in the essay that follows the book--"The action of the novel moves like a series of waves, each surging forward to a peak of tension and then receding into quietness, and each, after the first one, reenacting in a more complex and perilous fashion the material of its predecessor." However, while Howe suggests that the gathering storm of Dresier's prose is to be admired, I'd rather stay ashore. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY pounds the reader with wave after wave of its author's idiocy. Eight hundred fourteen pages of boring breakers. Call an editor! Dresier's relentless description of this selfish age makes me tired. If you insist on reading this, the novel concludes with an interesting collision between faith, responsibility, and conscience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mindy | 1/22/2014

    " Once again, I am convinced that it is only worthwhile to read great classics that have withstood the test of time. I had never read this book, but found it in a used book store, and always knew it was one of those "should read" books. So glad I did! Tragic, seemingly dated but absolutely relevant to our own era. Family, relationships, capital punishment, income inequality, religion....I'll now have to re-read SISTER CARRIE, which I read years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Myrna | 1/20/2014

    " theodore Dreiser is one of my very favorite authors. The life story of a young man who puts success above all else . The harsh realities of American life and the dark side of the American Dream Published in 1925, therefore showing American life in the 20's. I love anything Deiser wrote. "

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