An American Tragedy

New York: Boni And Liveright, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover. Two volumes; octavo; pp; I; (viii), 431; II; (viii), 409; black cloth. a poor copy, bookplate of previous owner on front paste-downs, cloth worn and faded, a bit shaken, internally complete and good. It would be an excellent binding copy. Item #18738

Based on an actual case in New York’s Adirondacks, Dreiser crafted a compelling novel filled with symbolism, and a true tragedy; Ambitious but ill-educated, naïve, and immature Clyde Griffiths is raised by poor and devoutly religious parents to help in their street missionary work. As a young adult, Clyde must, to help support his family, take menial jobs as a soda jerk, then a bellhop at a prestigious Kansas City hotel. There, his more sophisticated colleagues introduce him to bouts of social drinking and sex with some of the hotel's female guests and with prostitutes.

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