By Theodore Dreiser
But An American Tragedy is greater than easily a robust homicide tale. Dreiser pours his personal darkish yearnings into his personality, Clyde Griffiths, as he info the younger man's direction via his objectives of wealth, energy, and satisfaction.
The Indiana-born Dreiser (1871-1945) hasn't ever lower a rushing or romantic swath via American literature. He has no Pulitzer or Nobel Prize to indicate his value. but he continues to be for myriad purposes: his novels are usually higher than lifestyles, rugged, and defy the norms of traditional morality and arranged faith. they're unapologetic of their sexual candor--in truth, outrightly frank--and problem even glossy readers. The brooding strength of Dreiser's writing casts a gloomy shadow throughout American letters.
Here in An American Tragedy, Dreiser exhibits us the turn aspect of the yankee Dream in a meeting typhoon that echoes with all the strength and strength of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. encouraged through the writings of Balzac and the information of Spenser and Freud, Dreiser went directly to turn into one in every of America's most sensible naturalist writers. An American Tragedy is testimony to the energy of Dreiser's paintings: it keeps all of its unique depth and force.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser (1871-1945) was once an American novelist and journalist most sensible recognized for his pioneer paintings within the naturalist tuition. His writing frequently portrays characters whose energy lies no longer of their ethical code or ethics, yet in its place of their absolute endurance as they're faced by way of all stumbling blocks; their unwillingness to yield. those are events that extra heavily resemble reports of nature than stories of selection and agency.
Dreiser's first advertisement luck used to be An American Tragedy (1925), which was once made right into a movie in 1931 and back in 1951 (as a spot within the Sun). An opera was once additionally commissioned through the Metropolitan Opera in 2005.
Literary critic Irving Howe stated of Dreiser that he was once, "among the yank giants, one of many only a few American giants we have now had," and certainly one of Dreiser's leader advocates in the course of his lifetime used to be H.L. Mencken who stated, "that he's an outstanding artist, and that no different American of his new release left so huge and good-looking a mark upon the nationwide letters."
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