An American Tragedy
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By Theodore Dreiser

classics | 920 pages | Published in 2022

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 prostitutes. Enjoying his new lifestyle, Clyde becomes infatuated with manipulative Hortense Briggs, who takes advantage of him. After being in a car accident in which a young girl loses her life, Clyde is forced to run away from the town in search for the new life.

ISBN_13:9781537802329
ISBN_10:1537802321

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If only she had been a maid!

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Life, if anywhere, should be beautiful!

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They were involved in a world of peril, charming, and seductive.

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It might be that there was no right or wrong involved in this.

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The world as he saw it was full of people with wistful possibilities for beauty.

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Love as a possibility for him!

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Fear had taken him by the throat and was choking out the life of him.

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Death was not for him! It could not be!

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Who is? Men simply choose any course that comes nearest to their temperament!

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He had punished himself enough. Surely he had.

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