An American Tragedy
By Theodore Dreiser
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An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser ranked # 16 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
An American Tragedy is a famous American novel, by Theodore Dreiser. Published in 1925, the book is the story of a young man, Clyde Griffiths, whose troubles with women and the law take him from his religious upbringing in Kansas City to the fictional town of Lycurgus, New York.
Among Clyde's love interests are the materialistic Hortense Briggs, the charming farmer's daughter Roberta Alden, and the aristocratic Sondra Finchley.
The book is naturalistic in style, containing subject matter such as religion, capital punishment and abortion, and attempting to shed light on societal evils.
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