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, however, the novel represents a massive portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's tawdry ambitions and seal his fate: it is an unsur... more »passed depiction of the harsh realities of American Life and of the dark side of the American Dream....« less
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.