An American Tragedy Author:Theodore Dreiser 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: I... more »t 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.
Based on an actual crime case, An American Tragedy was the inspiration for the film A Place in the Sun.« less
An American Tragedy is one of my favorite novels of all time. A true masterpiece. It is loosely based on a true story, the case of Chester Gillette. The characters are rich and interesting and not cookie-cutter or two-dimensional. A fascinating read. Highly recommended!
You saw the movie with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters in her Academy Award winning role - now read the book. The time setting is earlier 1900's and the book is much more chilling than the movie. Dreiser is deep inside Clyde's mind.
The movie costarred Shelley Winters in an academy award winning role, with Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. What you couldn't see in the movie was the working of Clyde's mind as he wrestled with his human nature. A fine study of the human condition.